During rush hour on Wednesday, three bombings shook India‘s financial capital by killing 21 and wounding 141 civilians. This horrific terror attack was only months after the long-time rivals Pakistan and India resumed peace talks.
Destruction from the Explosions
The first bombing occurred at a bazaar at 6:54 PM, destroying the jewelry stores. At 6:55 PM, a bombing tore through the busy Opera House business district, only several miles away from the first explosion. Ten minutes later, the third explosion happened in the packed neighborhood of Dadar in the center of the city.
Citizens were holding each other and crying while the bloody bodies lay on the streets. Others helped carry the wounded to taxis and hospitals. “People were shouting ‘Help me, help me,'” a witness said.
Home Minister Chidambaram said that he infers that “this was a coordinated attack by terrorists” because of the close timing of the explosions. While India has blamed Pakistanis for past attacks, the government has not speculated on who might be behind these bombings.
President Barack Obama has condemned these attacks, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that she still plans to visit India next week. “Standing with India is more important than ever,” she said.
If Pakistan is responsible for these bombings, how will the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan change?