Mumbai, Nov 27: The terror rampage across the metropolis on Wednesday, Nov 26 night was the third major attack in the last 15 years in Mumbai.
1993 Mumbai blasts
The metropolis first became the target of major terrorist strike on March 12, 1993 in which 13 serial blasts took place, damaging among others, the Air India building and Bombay stock exchange, the hub of financial activities. The blasts followed after the demolition of Babri Masjid and the subsequent riots, killing over 250 people.
The attacks are believed to have been coordinated by Dawood Ibrahim, don of the organized crime syndicate named D-Company, which had operated as a terrorist organization. It is believed that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for widespread massacre of Muslims in Mumbai during December and January , and also the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
A car bomb at 13:30 IST exploded at the basement of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building which destoyed it totally killing 50. From then on, ie; 13:30 to 15:30 atleast 13 blasts shook Mumbai. Suitcase bombs in Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur, and Hotel Airport Centaur. Bombs exploded at Zaveri Bazaar. Jeep bomb at Century bazaar. Bombs were alsp hurdeled at the Air India Building, a major shopping complex, banks, passport office, Sahar International Airport and at Fishermen's Colony.
This is a horror which Mumbaikars are still living with...
July 11, 2006, Tuesday Mumbai experienced a major terror blow that refreshed memories of the 1993 serial blasts. The financial capital of India was hit by a series of 7 bomb blasts on this day. 7/11 as it is popularly known, the blasts mainly targeted the suburban trains of the Western railways, the backbone of Mumbai. This blasts killed 187 people and injured nearly 800...
The bombs were set off in pressure cookers on trains plying on the western line of the Suburban Railway network. According to Mumbai Police, the bombings were carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
The first blast reportedly took place at 18:24 IST, and the explosions continued for approximately eleven minutes, until 18:35, during the after-work rush hour. All the bombs had been placed in the first-class 'general' compartments. They exploded at or in the near vicinity of the suburban railway stations of Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Khar Road, Jogeshwari, Bhayandar and Borivali.
The bomb attacks in Mumbai came hours after a series of grenade attacks in Srinagar, the largest city in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
But the city took this in its stride and has moved on...
On Wednesday, Nov 26 attack consisted of blasts and indiscriminate firing using AK 47 targeting five star hotels and the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station, among other places.
The incidents of blasts and firing took place at nine places all over the city, with south Mumbai becoming the major target and one of the blasts took place in a cab in Vile Parle, a western suburb.
Three top police officials, Anti-terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamthe and nine other policemen were killed in the attacks so far.
Can the city face an attack of this magnitude and still pick up the pieces and move on...