The White House has been quick to condemn bomb attacks in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, and has offered help to bring the terrorists to justice.
Three explosions tore through the city at rush hour. All targets were crowded with people. The number of dead rose to at least 20 but with around 100 wounded that figure is expected to rise.
A government official in Mumbai said two of the devices were left on motorbikes, the other had been left in a car.
The blasts were virtually simultaneous.
One was at the Opera House. There were also explosions at a diamond centre in Zaveri Bazaar and in the centre of Mumbai.
Initial suspicion fell on the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which has long fought Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region.
It is the worst bloodshed in Mumbai since the deadly assaults in 2008 when 166 people were killed, attacks blamed on the same group.