The hunt is on for terrorists who have killed almost 200 people in a series of co-ordinated attacks on commuter trains in the Indian commercial capital, Mumbai. Some 460 people have been injured. The first bomb went off at the height of the evening rush hour, just before 6.30 pm local time with the others following in quick succession. As yet, no one has claimed responsibility. But experts say the bombings bear the hallmarks of Islamic Kashmiri separatists.
The disputed territory of Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since shortly after the two countries gained independence from Britain in 1947. In fact, just hours before yesterday’s blasts in Mumbai, suspected Islamic militants killed 7 people, including six tourists, in a series of grenade attacks in the Kashmiri capital, Srinagar. The bombers could not have chosen a target with more practical and psychological impact.
The blasts occurred on five trains and at two stations in Mumbai’s western suburbs, which are linked to the central business district. It is estimated that six and a half million people use the line every day.