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3 blasts in Mumbai: 18 dead, 113 injured

BS Reporter & PTI  |  Mumbai 

Terror struck Mumbai when three serial blasts rocked crowded areas in Zaveri Bazar, Dadar and the Opera House this evening killing 18 people and leaving about 113 injured.

In New Delhi, the Union Home Ministry said the multiple explosions were a terror strike and that Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) were used.

Mumbai police said at least 113 people were injured in the serial blasts.

Police said the nature and intensity of the explosions were not known but the blasts revived memories of the terror attack in November 2008 in which 166 persons were killed by 10 gunmen of Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

Police said all the three blasts took place in a crowded markets and busy areas.

The first explosion took place in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near famous Mumbadevi temple, this evening in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli. The bustling market also has a number of jewellery shops.

The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area, he said. The site of the explosion was close to Dadar railway station.

"We are verifying the nature of explosions. At this moment I cannot say anything more than this," Tamboli said.

The third blast was reported from Opera House in Charni.

Teams of Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) have rushed to the spots.

A security alert was sounded in the national capital this evening following a series of blasts in Mumbai and police personnel were fanned across the city to carry out intensive searches and checkings.

First Published: Wed, July 13 2011. 22:04 IST