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Mumbai Blasts of July 2011


Multiple blasts were reported in Mumbai on July 13, 2011. All the blasts took place in crowded places and busy areas between 6:54 pm and 7:05 pm. Recent reports say that 141 people were injured and 21 were killed in the blasts. This is the deadliest attack since 2008. The injured are being taken to JJ Hospital, GT Hospital and St George Hospital.

  • The first explosion has reportedly taken place in Dadar, behind a temple in a car.
  • Another blast happened near the Opera House in South Mumbai.
  • The third blast was reported at Zaveri Bazaar, also in South Mumbai.

All the three blasts happened within minutes of each other. It is to be noted that the blasts came on the birthday of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, who is the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Home Minister P Chidambaram has confirmed that the bomb blasts took place. He described the blasts as a coordinate attack by terrorists. The Intelligence Bureau is investigating the issue and said that it is too early to say who is behind the blasts. However, they are suspecting the role of Indian Mujahideen.

According to sources, the explosive devices were wrapped in cloth bags and tiffin carriers.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Pritviraj Chavan said that the blasts were a terror strike. He said that the police would get to the bottom of it.

High Alert issued

High Alert is issued in Mumbai. All the malls and markets in Mumbai were put on high alert.

A team from the National Investigation Agency was sent from Delhi to collect forensic evidence.

President, PM, AICC President condemn attack

President Pratibha Patel, Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have condemned the blasts. AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar have also strongly condemned the blasts. Pakistan have also condemned the blasts and said that they were distressed over the loss of lives and injuries. US President Barack Obama, in a statement, strongly condemned the "outrageous attacks in Mumbai".

Indian Stock Markets

The shares at the Indian stock market provisionally closed 0.04% lower on Thursday, because of the weak global markets and the negative sentiment following the Mumbai bomb blasts. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ended 7.92 points down at 18,588.1 and the NSE is marginally up 0.01 points at 5,586.2 points.

Prime Minister to visit Mumbai

The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit Mumbai at 5:30 pm Thursday to personally monitor the situation. He has earlier announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased, and Rs. 1 lakh to the critically injured. The Prime Minister, in a statement, said "I strongly condemn the bomb blasts in Mumbai this evening... I appeal to the people of Mumbai to remain calm and show a united face,"

The left parties also condemned the attacks. In a statement released by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the polit bureau said "It is disturbing that the forces behind the recent bomb blasts in different parts of the country have not been identified and apprehended. No efforts should be spared to track down the culprits of the Mumbai blasts,"


Earlier Story

Initial reports suggest that over 6 persons were killed and 15 others were injured in the blasts. The injured were immediately taken to the hospital. The Police Control Room in Mumbai says that it received a call claiming serial blasts.

An eye witness say that he heard the blast at 7:05 pm IST

Mumbai is the target for several attacks in the country. A 2008 militant attack has killed 166 people in the city. 50 people were killed in another incident at Zaveri Bazaar in 1993.

Other notable blasts from the past

Mumbai Blasts of July 2011 in News

Pranab Mukherjee condemns Mumbai serial blasts
Stating that the indomitable spirit of the financial capital of the country would once again respond with courage and renewed vigour to such challenges, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the cowardly terrorist attack on the citizens of Mumbai yesterday.

PM, Sonia to visit Mumbai to take stock after serial blasts
A day after three serial blasts rocked Mumbai, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit the city on Thursday to take stock of the situation.

Mumbai blasts: Govt. must shed its ambivalence towards terrorism, says Advani
Hitting out at the Centre over Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani today said the government must shed its ambivalence towards terrorism, and added that the repeated attacks on the financial capital of the country is not a failure of intelligence, but a failure of policy.

Mumbai blasts an attempt to create tension between India, Pakistan: Farooq Abdullah
Condemning the serial blasts in Mumbai, Union Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah has said that it was an attempt to create tension between India and Pakistan by certain miscreants.

Vice President, PM condemn Mumbai blasts
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed 17 lives and injuring many others.

Mumbai limps back to normal after blasts
Life limped back to normal in Mumbai after serial blasts rocked the city killing at least 17 and injured over 130.

High alert across Indian cities following Mumbai blasts
A security alert was sounded across the country in the wake of serial blasts in Mumbai.

13/7 Mumbai blasts: Chidambaram rejects charges of intelligence failure
Union Home Minister P. Chidamabram on Thursday rejected suggestions from the media that there was intelligence failure on the part of the state and central governments in connection with Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai.

President Patil condoles loss of lives in Mumbai blasts
Expressing grief over the Mumbai serial blasts, President resident Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday condoled the loss of lives in these blasts.

NIA team to be sent to Mumbai for pre and post blast investigations (Update)
A team of National Investigating Agency (NIA) will sent to Mumbai for pre and post investigations of the three blasts that took place here on Wednesday evening.

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