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MUMBAI (Bombay), India - More than 100 people were killed on Tuesday in seven bomb explosions at rail stations and on trains in India?s financial hub, Mumbai police said.

 

?There are 104 dead,? a police official at the city?s central control room, who gave his name as Bhavale, told Reuters by phone.

 

Officials and Indian media added that the death toll would likely rise.

 

?The blasts happened when the trains were most crowded,? said D.K Shankaran, chief secretary of the state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital said.

 

There was chaos throughout the crowded rail network following the explosions, and authorities struggled to determine how many people had been killed and injured.

 

Television images showed injured victims sprawled on train tracks, frantically dialing their cell phones. Some of the injured were being carried away from the crash site.

 

The force of the blasts ripped doors and windows off carriages, and luggage and debris were strewn about.

 

Pranay Prabhakar, the spokesman for the Western Railway, confirmed that seven blasts had taken place. He said all trains had been suspended, and he appealed to the public to stay away from the city's train stations.

 

The blasts appeared to have come in quick succession ? a common tactic employed by Kashmiri militants that have repeatedly targeted India?s cities.

 

The first explosion hit the train at a railway station in the northwestern suburb of Khar, said a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

 

India?s CNN-IBN television news, which had a reporter traveling on the train, said the blast took place in a first-class car as the train was moving, ripping through the compartment and killing more than a dozen people.

 

Another CNN-IBN reporter said he had seen more than 20 bodies at one hospital in Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay.

 

The Press Trust of India, citing railway officials, said all the blasts had hit first-class cars.

 

All of India?s major cities were reportedly on high alert following the attacks, which came hours after a series of grenade attacks by Islamic extremists killed eight people in the main city of India?s part of Kashmir.

 

Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan in war after they gained independence from Britain in 1947, and they fought another full-scale conflict over the region in 1965.

 

But even as the two nuclear rivals have talked peace in the past two years, New Delhi has continued to accuse Pakistan of training, arming and funding the militants. Islamabad insists it only offers the rebels diplomatic and moral support.

 

Mumbai's commuter rail network is among the most crowded in the world.

 

Man, the world's train networks are really vulnerable. This is the third year there has been a major attack on a rail system (Madrid in 2004, London in 2005, and now Bombay in 2006).

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Wanna bet that that great American ally Pakistan has a bit of culpability with this? I hope all that rhetoric we hear about the war on terror gets applied here. Nah..probably won't.

 

 

Depends on if the government of pakistan was responsible and if we can pin it on them. If it was a group within Pakistan that isnt govt run or funded, then it isnt Pakistan's fault.

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Wanna bet that that great American ally Pakistan has a bit of culpability with this? I hope all that rhetoric we hear about the war on terror gets applied here. Nah..probably won't.

 

 

Depends on if the government of pakistan was responsible and if we can pin it on them. If it was a group within Pakistan that isnt govt run or funded, then it isnt Pakistan's fault.

Theyve had a hand in supporting terrorist acts in some form or another in the past. The chances of proof enough to pin it on them isnt that great. But if there was, you dont really think we would do much to them do you?Theyve done some really questionable acts but our foreign policy is what it is and maybe has to be.

 

I've never bought into the silly concept of fighting some war on terror. The reality is much more convuluted. I just find it funny that moral outrage among some people is either hypocritical or naive.

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