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Death toll reaches 137 in Mumbai serial blasts

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, July 11, IRNA
The death toll reached 137 and expected to rise further in a string of seven terror blasts in first class compartments of suburban trains around evening peak hour traffic in Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra state on Tuesday.

Around 250 people are injured.

As the blasts ripped apart train compartments, mangled bodies of passengers were hurled out and survivors, many of them bleeding profusely, jostled to come out leading to chaotic scenes.

Maharashtra Chief Secretary D K Shankaran put the figure of dead at 137 and the injured at round 250.

The blasts occurred between 18:00 hours and 18:30 hours at Mahim, Bandra, Matunga, Borivili, Mira Road, Jogeshwari and Khar when people from offices were returning home.

It may be recalled a series of bomb blasts ripped through 13 places in Mumbai city, killing 257 people and injuring 713.

These were the first blasts in which RDX was used and the explosions were allegedly planned by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Eleven people were killed and 65 were injured when a powerful bomb exploded in a ladies special train when it was entering Mulund railway station in the peak hours on March 13, 2003.

On August 25, 2003, two blasts occurred one after the other at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, killing 46 people and injuring more than 160.

RDX was planted in taxis parked at both these places.

Meanwhile, a militant was arrested on Tuesday in South Delhi and 2.5 kg RDX seized from his possession, police said.

Aijaz Hussain, hailing from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested from Lodhi road area after police received a tip -off about his movement, PTI reported quoting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell).

An amount of Rs 4.9 million was also seized from his possession, police said, adding according to their information Hussain was working for one-Pakistan-based militant Mukhtar Ahmed.


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