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Union Home Ministry confirmed that the blasts are terror strikes and added that Improvised Explosive Devices were used at all the three locations.
"We have information of three blasts. We have rushed teams of NSG (National Security Guards) and NIA (National Investigating Agency) to Mumbai. One blast has taken place in a Maruti Esteem car and one in a motorcycle," said Union Home Secretary RK Singh said.
The blast at Dadar took place in Kabutar Khana, in the two-storey JK Building at Tata Road No. 1 in Opera House and at Khaul Gali in Zaveri Bazar.
Wednesday blasts took place just two days after the fifth anniversary of the Mumbai serial train blasts on July 11, 2006 in which at least 186 persons were killed.
The blasts took place within minutes of each other with the first being reported at 6:50 PM in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli.
The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area, he said. "We are verifying the nature of explosions. At this moment I cannot say anything more than this," Tamboli said.
According to an eyewitness a fire that broke out in Zaveri Bazar following the blasts has been brought under control.
Police, ambulance, home guards and fire brigade have been rushed to the spot.
A Border Security Force plane has left for Mumbai from New Delhi with NSG personnel, forensic experts and senior NIA officials.
The injured have been rushed to JJ Hospital, GT Hospital, KEM Hospital and St George's Hospital.
Home Minister P Chidambaram has called a high-level meeting in the wake of the blasts.
Security alerts have been issued in all major cities including New Delhi and Kolkata after the blasts in Mumbai.
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History is repeating itself and that too on Kasabs birthday- what a coincidence??? Its very horrible
Bomb-bay: A brief history of Mumbai blasts
July 13, 2011 20:05 IST
March 12, 1993: Bombs rip through 13 places in Mumbai [ Images ]. Around 257 die, 713 injured.
August 28, 1997: Blast near Jama Masjid kills three.
January 24, 1998: Bomb goes off in Malad, a northern suburb, injuring one person.
February 27, 1998: Blast in the distant suburb of Virar kills nine.
December 2, 2002: A powerful bomb explodes in a bus outside Ghatkopar railway station, a central Mumbai suburb, killing two persons and injuring 31.
December 6, 2002: Mumbai Central railway station blast injures 25 people.
January 27, 2003: A crude bomb planted in a bicycle explodes at a shopping complex outside Vile Parle railway station, a northwest suburb.
March 13, 2003: Blast in a ladies special train near the eastern suburb of Mulund kills 11, injures 65.
April 14, 2003: Bomb at Bandra, a northwest suburb, kills one.
August 25, 2003: Two blasts one after the other at the Gateway of India [ Images ] and Zaveri Bazaar kills 46 people and injures over 160. At both the places, RDX was planted in taxis.
July 11, 2006: Seven powerful bombs rip through local trains, killing about 181 people and injuring 890.
November 26-28, 2008: About 166 people, including 28 foreigners, killed in the siege of Mumbai by Pakistani terrorists.
Source - rediff.com
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