Tuesday, July 11, 2006

7 blasts on commuter train rock India

100 are dead and hundreds more injured because of the blast.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - More than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in seven explosions on packed commuter trains and stations during rush hour on Tuesday in Mumbai, India's financial hub, officials said.

"There are 104 dead," a police official at the city's central control room who gave his name as Bhavale, told Reuters by phone. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, the top elected official in the state, said 300 people were injured.

[...] Officials did not confirm they were bomb explosions and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. But suspicion turned to Muslim militants fighting New Delhi's rule in disputed Kashmir, who have been blamed for several bomb attacks in the country in the past.

We'll have to keep an eye as news from this tragedy unfolds. Is this another attack by al Qaeda or another global terrorist network, or a more homegrown group using violence in response to local government issues?

UPDATE @ 12:02pm: The WaPo now has the death count to 139.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm and called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the blasts as well as a string of grenade attacks earlier Tuesday that killed seven people, at least five of them Indian tourists, in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Bombay bombings, which occurred in quick succession in the port city's western suburbs. But suspicion quickly focused on Muslim militants fighting New Delhi's rule of Kashmir, who have been blamed for several bomb attacks in India in the past.

Still no claim or blame for the explosions, but the string of grenande attacks is an interesting addition to the story.

UPDATE @ 3:52pm: Allah at Hot Air has great post updating with the most current info on the incident, one of which speculates on a suspect some believe should be at the top of the list, Dawood Ibrahim. He's India biggest narcoterrorist and an affiliate of al-Qaeda. Interesting...