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Ten fatalities reported as Mumbai hit by suspected terrorist blasts

The bustling financial city – where 166 people were killed three years ago – is hit by three suspected terrorist bombs.

Medics assist the victims of a siege in Mumbai in 2008. The city has been hit by bomb blasts this evening, in what is thought to be a terrorist attack.
Medics assist the victims of a siege in Mumbai in 2008. The city has been hit by bomb blasts this evening, in what is thought to be a terrorist attack.
Image: Gurinder Osan/AP

AT LEAST TEN people have been killed in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai, after a series of coordinated explosions struck in a number of locations around the city.

The blasts hit the crowded Dadar neighborhood, where NDTV said six people had been killed, as well as the famed jewelry market Jhaveri Bazaar and the busy business district of Opera House where another four were killed.

Dozens more are thought to have been wounded in the attacks, which took place at 7pm local time.

“It must be a bomb blast,” Chhagan Bhujbal, a state minister told a local TV news channel. News channels reported a high alert was declared across the city.

The BBC said Indian media had quoted the country’s justice ministry as saying the explosions were the result of terrorism. The city was the site of a terrorist siege in 2008 which ended with the loss of 166 lives.

The blasts, if confirmed as terrorist activity, would mark the first major attack on Mumbai since that 2008 siege on a train station and two luxury hotels. Today marks the birthday of the sole surviving gunman from those attacks.

Other unexploded devices have been uncovered and are being dealt with by army bomb disposal teams.

The Times of India said security alerts have been raised in Delhi following the blasts.

Additional reporting by the AP

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