Three bombs kill at least 21 in India’s Mumbai

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Three bombs rocked crowded  districts of Mumbai during rush hour yesterday, killing at  least 21 people in the biggest militant attack on India’s  financial capital since 2008 assaults blamed on Pakistan-based  militants.

India has remained jittery about the threat of militant  strikes, especially since the Nov. 26, 2008 attacks that killed  166 people and raised tensions with nuclear-armed arch rival  Pakistan.

At least 141 people were wounded yesterday and the death  toll was at least 21, the Home Ministry said in statements  about what it called “terror attacks” centred mainly on  Mumbai’s jewellery markets.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the  blasts.

“This is another attack on the heart of India, heart of  Mumbai. We will fully meet the challenge, we are much better  prepared than 26/11,” Prithviraj Chavan, the state’s chief  minister, told NDTV broadcaster, referring to the 2008  attacks.

Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram also said  “terrorists” were to blame.

“The blast occurred at about 6.45 p.m. (1315 GMT) within  minutes of each other. Therefore, we infer that this was a  coordinated attack by terrorists,” Chidambaram told reporters.

At least one car and a motorbike were used in the  coordinated attacks in which improvised explosive devices were  believed to have been used, officials said.

“This tactic is much more in line with those used by more  amateurish groups such as the Indian Mujahideen, who have  targeted crowded urban areas before,” Stratfor, a strategic  affairs think tank, said in a statement.

Television images showed blaring ambulances carrying away  the wounded and others being loaded into civilian vans to take  them to hospital. Other images showed bodies lying among glass  and metal debris in narrow streets.

At the Dadar area in central Mumbai, one of the explosions  left

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