Skip to comments.HUGE BOMB blast in Bombay (Mumbai)!!!
Posted on 08/25/2003 1:46:54 AM PDT by USMMA_83
Just heard from a friend that there are several huge bomb blasts in Bombay. Four to five building involved. Many dead. Stay tuned!!!
At least five people were killed as four explosions rocked Mumbai this afternoon, police said. Unconfirmed sources, however, put the toll at 12.
"Yes, we have reports of two big explosions -- one near the Mumbadevi temple in central Mumbai and another one at the Gateway of India in south Mumbai," Joint Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed told AFP.
The other blasts went off near Pydhonie and at a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation office at Marine Lines.
The explosion at Dhanji street in Mumbadevi occurred in a residential building. Preliminary reports indicated that it was a cylinder blast, Maharashtra's Home Minister Rajendra Darda told PTI.
The other explosion occurred in an ambassador car which was parked in the parking lot area of hotel Taj Mahal. About two to three persons were injured in this blast which is suspected to have been triggered off by a bomb, Darda said. The injured have been rushed to G T Hospital, he said.
The blasts came minutes after national archaeologists in a report to a court claimed they found the remains of a temple below the surface of the razed Babri Masjid.
Will it take blasts here in the US again?
At least 12 feared killed in 4 blasts in Mumbai
August 25, 2003 | 13:22 IST
At least twelve persons were feared killed in four blasts in south Mumbai -- one near the Gateway, one near Zaveri Bazaar, one near Pydhonie and a fourth at a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation office at Marine Lines -- on Monday afternoon.
However, there are conflicting reports about the number of dead. An eyewitness told our correspodent at Mumbadevi circle in Pydhonie that he counted at least 15 to 20 bodies.
But Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Karun Srivastav confirmed only 12 dead. He said six people were killed in the blast at the Gateway.
Minister of State for Home Rajendra Darda, however, said he had no information of any dead.
All four blasts occurred between 1300 and 1330 IST.
Details are not yet available on the nature of the blasts.
Police and fire-brigade personnel have reached the spots.
The Gateway blast took place in the parking lot opposite the historic monument. Unconfirmed reports say the Taj Hotel's lobby suffered damage in the blast. An eyewitness said glass is strewn all over the place.
Our correspondent counted at least 10 damaged cars at the Gateway. The entire area has been cordoned off. The road leading to the Gateway from the Regal cinema building in Colaba has been blocked.
The mobile network in Mumbai is not working.
Sources in The Times of India building near the Chhatrapati Shivaji (Rail) Terminus said they heard a huge blast sometime between 1300 and 1330 IST.
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Fours blasts rock Mumbai, 10 killedMONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2003 01:47:40 PM
NEW DELHI: Four blasts rocked Mumbai on Monday morning, minutes after the Archaeological Survey of India claimed findings of a temple in Ayodhya. Initial reports said 10 people were killed and many injured.
Two of the blasts took place at the Mumba Devi temple, Zaveri bazaar and Gateway of India. Twenty five people were injured at Gateway of India where a bomb had been placed in a taxi.
Three people were injured at the Mumba Devi temple. According to Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed, several people have been injured. More reports follow.
I guess the Sunni Muslims had their challenge ready
ASI indicates temple existedTIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2003 01:17:11 PM ]
LUCKNOW: The Archaelogical Survey of India's report on excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya was opened on Monday before a three-member special full Bench of the Allahabad High Court hearing Ram Janambhhomi-Babri Masjid title suits.
The report has concluded that evidence of an ancient Hindu temple had been found at the excavation site, according to a Hindu side counsel, Ranjana Agnihotri.
However, Jafarayab Jilani of the All India Sunni Central Waqf Board said that the ASI report is contradictory and they will challenge it.
The report, submitted in the court on Friday last, opened at 10.30 am soon after the Bench comprising Justice S R Alam, Justice Bhanwar Singh and Justice Khemkaran, met.
Three sets of the report were opened for the Bench which also spoke to the ASI team leader Hari Majhi who informed the court that its first part contained ASI's opinion while the second had maps and drawings.
The court has granted six weeks time to all the contesting parties for filing objections, if any.
Looks that way
Multiple blasts rock Mumbai
NEW DELHI, India (CNN) --A series of near simultaneous blasts have shaken India's financial capital, Mumbai, leaving at least four people dead and more than 35 injured, police say.
One of the blasts occurred near the colonial-era Gateway to India monument -- a famous landmark and popular tourist attraction.
Other blasts struck in or close to one of the city's main Hindu temples and outside the main central railway station, Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus, also known as Victoria Terminus.
Bomb squads have been rushed to the scenes of the explosions, police officials told CNN.
The Gateway to India is also situated close to one of Mumbai's top hotels, the Taj Mahal.
Sources in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, say police have moved quickly to place the city under virtual lockdown ensuring no one can leave or enter the city.
Security forces in the city have been on high alert following a series of bomb explosions on buses across the Mumbai metropolitan area over the past several months.
The most recent bus bombing took place on July 29, killing four people on board a packed commuter bus in the commercial heart of the city.
Police at the time said they suspected the attack was carried out by a militant group, the Lashker-e-Taiba -- one of two Islamic militant groups that New Delhi says was behind an attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001.
In 1993, a wave of bombings hit several buildings in Mumbai, killing at least 250 people and injuring dozens more.
Those blasts were blamed on underworld gangs seeking to avenge Muslim deaths during Hindu-Muslim riots following the destruction of a mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya in northern India.
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2003 02:09:57 PM ]
MUMBAI: Four blasts rocked Mumbai on Monday morning, minutes after the Archaeological Survey of India claimed findings of a temple in Ayodhya. Initial reports said 10 people were killed and at least 60 injured.
In a haunting replay of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts after the Babri Masjid demolition, four blasts ripped through populated areas of the city one after the other in a four-kilometre radius. All four bombs had been placed in taxis, pointing to a well-planned and coordinated attack.
Two blasts took place at Zaveri Bazaar and one each at Marine Lines and Gateway of India. The first blasts occurred at 1.10 pm outside the crowded Mumba Devi temple and near Gateway of India.
Maharashtra Home Minister Rajendra Darda, however, confirmed only two blasts, one of them in the parking lot of the Taj Hotel, where a bomb had been placed in the back of a taxi. The other, he said, took place at Zaveri Bazaar, also in a taxi. The injured have been hospitalised. The toll, of those dead and injured, is expected to rise.
Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal has called a high-level meeting on security and the entire state has been put on red alert.
Meanwhile, national capital Delhi and other major cities too have been put on high alert. Vehicles are being checked and people have been warned to exercise caution. More reports follow.
Shaken eyewitnesses said this was the worst-ever such incident in Mumbai.