Three bombs were detonated in Mumbai, India on Wednesday. The government has so far confirmed 13 deaths and 83 injuries, but media reports have the numbers higher. Some claim that there are at least 20 deaths and hundreds of wounded persons.
The government has declared the bombings an act of terrorism, something with which the city of Mumbai is sadly familiar.
There is chaos everywhere. This must be a terrorist act as it happened in three places, senior Shiv Sena Party leader Manohar Joshi told reporters.
The explosive devices were detonated during rush hour in heavily populated areas of the city, including a jewelry market and the area surrounding the Opera House.
It is very unfortunate that once again Mumbai has to go through this unfortunate situation. I feel that the need of the hour is to take the injured to the hospital. Just when the feeling of confidence was developing in Mumbai. It has shaken up our city again, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told the press in India.
In his statement, Chavan was making a reference to a 2008 attack, when armed gunmen from Pakistan stormed Mumbai, killing 164 people.
According to local police, the explosion at the Opera House was the most powerful of the three. The injured are being rushed to hospitals in make-shift ambulances and trucks.