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July 13, 2011

Religion of Peace Alert: Multiple Explosions Rock Mumbai

Topics: Understanding Islam

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In the second Islamic terrorist attack in India within just one week, the Indian city of Mumbai went on high alert when three blasts were reported within 10 minutes of each other. At least 100 people have been injured in today's blasts and all Indian states have been put on high alert.

From Stratfor, July 13, 2011: Red Alert: Multiple Explosions in Mumbai:

... The blasts occurred at Zaveri Bazar in southern Mumbai at 6:54 p.m. local time, at the Prasad Chambers in the Opera House area at 6:55 p.m. and in the Dadar West area in central Mumbai at 7:04 p.m. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told NDTV that 13 people have been confirmed dead and 81 people were injured.

Police confirmed that the explosion at Dadar West occurred as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) inside a taxicab. Media reports indicate that the explosion near the Opera House was also the result of an IED in a car. Police reported that the explosion at the Zaveri Bazar occurred as a result of an IED inside an electric meter box, though other reports said it was hidden in an umbrella on a motor scooter. There are reports of as many as seven IEDs around Mumbai, four of which did not explode, but those reports could be inaccurate.

This attack involved a series of explosive devices timed to create chaos at soft targets. The IEDs probably were not large but were well coordinated. The targeting and method of this attack is similar to previous attacks claimed by the Indian Mujahideen, such as the December 2010 attack at a Hindu prayer site in Varanasi and the attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad in July 2008. A similar attack occurred in Pune in February 2010, which the Indian Mujahideen originally claimed, but later reports revealed that David Headley, who worked as a surveillance operative and operational planner for the Pakistan-based militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Harkat-ul-Jihad e-Islami (HuJI), had done the surveillance work ahead of the Pune attack.

Unlike the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the July 13 attack did not involve the use of suicide attackers. Rather, it used remote explosions in crowded locations, similar to the attacks in Varanasi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune. However, it is possible that remnants of the former LeT along with elements of HuJI were behind the attack.

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Posted by Richard at July 13, 2011 1:20 PM

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