At least eight people have been killed and 70 others injured in three bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai on Wednesday evening in the crowded Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazar areas, police sources have said. Union Home Ministry confirmed that the blasts are terror strikes and added that Improvised Explosive Devices were used at all the three locations. The blasts went off within minutes of each other. Police, ambulance, home guards and fire brigade have been rushed to the spot. The first blast took place in south Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple,
in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli. The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area, he said. “We are verifying the nature of explosions. At this moment I cannot say anything more than this,” Tamboli said. Home Secretary has spoken to Maharashtra DGP and the National Security Guards (NSG) have been put on standby. Union Home Secretary RK Singh told CNN-IBN, “I have spoken to the DGP and Chief Secretary. The Chief Secretary will get back to us with details. There is no confirmation about the intensity of blasts.” According to an eyewitness a fire that broke out in Zaveri Bazar following the blasts has been brought under control. Security alerts have been issued in New Delhi after the blasts in Mumbai. A Border Security Force plane is leaving for Mumbai with National Security Guards personnel, forensic experts and senior National Investigation Agency officials. The injured have been rushed to JJ Hospital, GT Hospital and St George’s Hospital.
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