17 Dead After Three Bombs Hit Crowded Areas in Mumbai

On Wednesday night, at the peak of evening rush hour, three bombs hit heavily trafficked sections of the Indian city of Mumbai, killing at least 17 people.  The attack was the first since 2008, when Pakistani terrorists targeted two high-end hotels, a Jewish community center, and a train station.  Wednesday’s bombings were clearly coordinated attacks, since they happened within minutes of each other.  The perpetrators of the attack are still unknown.

The Indian government refused to confirm what many commentators have suggested: that the bombings were designed to derail the upcoming talks between India and Pakistan, who have fought wars with each other over border disputes.  According to officials, early signs seem to be pointing to an India-based group, perhaps the India Mujahideen, a group of Indian Muslims who say that Muslims are treated unjustly.

Mumbai’s citizens are angry in the wake of the violent attack, and many question why their city has been repeatedly targeted.  There have been five attacks on Mumbai in the last twenty years, and its role as the financial center of India, as well as its high population density, may explain why terrorists have repeatedly staged attacks against the city.  In light of Mumbai’s recent history, the government is fending off accusations of an intelligence failure.

“Whoever planned this attack worked in a very, very clandestine manner,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal.  ”It’s not a failure of intelligence…There are inherent difficulties in trying to police every inch of crowded market areas.”

The question of how India can improve public safety is, however, paramount.  People are stunned and distressed that Mumbai succumbed, once again, to a terrorist attack.  ”Why is Mumbai being targeted again and again? Trains, bus stops, markets, hotels — nothing is safe anymore. After the last attack, the government promised us that this will never happen again,” Swati Kamat, a 30-year-old corporate executive, told the Washington Post. “I feel sad, but I feel much more anger than sadness. I am angry at the government, at the police, at our system.”

Something has to change.  But, as WSJ bloggers Amol Sharma and Diksha Sahni point out, we can only hope that the Indian government responds more productively to this national tragedy than to the 2008 Mumbai bombings, which quickly descended into “tit-for-tat politics.”

Photo from Deepak Gupta via Wikimedia Commons.


Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

Mumbai does appear to have been significantly targeted by terrorists over the years. Terrorism like as this is such a cowardly act.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi5 years ago

How easy it is to blame country as rogue who has gone out its way in helping Americans in war against terrorism and has suffered immensely with lose of life which far exceeds combined NATO forces loses in action, it is the fact that when ever Pakistan and India try to remove the miss understanding and improve the relation when things start moving in positive manner then the third force who do not want India Pakistan relation to flourish because if it did it will be force to reckon with due to the immense potential both the countries have and this is not acceptable to third party and they create some thing or the other to derail the progress

Ramanie De Zoysa
Ramanie De Zoysa5 years ago

Author @ "...well noted..."

is either stupid or a Tamil terrorist or both. Is this website going to allow comments like "I should put China, USA, Canada, other rich countries as terrorist countries"? The comment that "Sri Lanka may use Pakistanis army to kill the rebel group Tamil Eelam" is astounding- Sri Lanka on its own completely destroyed LTTE or Tamil Eelam terrorist group two years ago! LTTE referred here as Tamil Eelam is not a rebel group- the group is listed as the most ruthless terrorist group in the world by the USA.

Roopak Vaidya
Roopak Vaidya5 years ago

Some even go to Churches and Mosques!

Roopak Vaidya
Roopak Vaidya5 years ago

Hindus -
They have 1,280 basic religious texts,
10,000 Commentaries,
more than one lakh sub-commentaries for these foundation books,
Hundreds of Deities and forms of Numerous Gods,
innumerable Aacharyas, thousands of Rishies,
And Hindus speak hundreds of languages..........

Still, all of them go to ALL the TEMPLES !!!!!!!!!!!!

Roopak Vaidya
Roopak Vaidya5 years ago

Observation!! worth a thought!!

Christianity… One Christ, One Bible, One Religion…

But the Latin Catholic will not enter a Syrian Catholic Church.
These two will not enter the Marthoma Church .
These three will not enter the Pentecost Church .
These four will not enter the Salvation Army Church .
These five will not enter the Seventh Day Adventist Church .
These six will not enter a Orthodox Church.
These seven will not enter a Jacobite church.

There are 146 divisions in Kerala, India, alone for Christians,
each will never share their churches for fellow Christians!
One Jesus Christ, One Bible, One God???????

Muslims..! One Allah, One Quran, One Prophet....! Great unity?
Among Muslims, Shias and Sunnis kill each other in all the Muslim countries.
Religious riots in most Muslim countries are always between these two sects.
The Shia will not go to the Sunni Mosque.
These two will not go to the Ahmadiya Mosque.
These three will not go to Sufi places of worship.
It appears there are 13 divisions amongst Muslims.
Killing / bombing / conquering / .. each other !

The American attack on Iraq was fully supported by all the Muslim countries surrounding Iraq !

One Allah, One Quran, One Prophet..??????????

Hindus -
They have 1,280 basic religious texts,
10,000 Commentaries,
more than one lakh sub-commentaries for these foundation books,
Hundreds (thousands?) of Deities and forms of numerous Gods,
innumerable Acharyas, thousands of

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby5 years ago

It's all part of the agent provocateurs' plans to bring to fruition their masters' wish for continuous warfare against an unidentified enemy. Keep 'em dumb and keep 'em stupid. Play upon their nationalist pride; perpetuate the my clan against your clan mentality so there is no cohesiveness that would allow humans to unite as one species regardless of slave religion or geography. The only people profiting from all this are the internationalists and the political and religious leaders.

Barbara S.

(Sigh!)... Why can't we humans just agree to try to get along with each other? We've got so many oppressed people who are easily led to believe it's so-and-so's fault. I wish democracies would work for everyone, even for the U.S., but when we've got tribal groups still living pretty much as they did 300 years ago, but now with modern weapons, it just makes things so much more difficult.

J M A.
JM A.5 years ago