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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am
The death toll following terrorist bombings in India is now beyond 160:
A synchronised series of bombs ripped through packed commuter trains and stations in the evening rush hour in Mumbai yesterday, killing more than 160 people and injuring more than 400.
The volley of seven blasts in 15 minutes brought chaos and carnage to the railway backbone running through India’s commercial hub. It was the deadliest attack in the country for more than 10 years.
No word yet on who may be responsible, but you can probably rule out Presbyterians.
UPDATE. Toll rising:
The Press Trust of India news agency said early Wednesday that police had increased the toll to 190 killed and 625 injured. In the hours immediately after the attacks, officials put the toll at 147 dead and 439 injured.
UPDATE II. Interesting theory from Brendan O’Neill:
Could it be that, whomever carried out these various attacks, what they really instinctively hate about Mumbai is its growth (as symbolised by its financial centre, which has been bombed) and its transformation into a teeming, modern city of millions (as symbolised by its often overcrowded railway system, bombed yesterday and in 2003)?
Perhaps the rising number of attacks on Mumbai over the past decade actually symbolises the broader shift from violent political campaigns of the past towards nihilistic terrorism today that simply screams at modernity.
UPDATE III. Death toll now said to be well over 190.
UPDATE IV. Another attack:
At least five Indian tourists were wounded on Wednesday when suspected Muslim militants threw a grenade at a bus station in a resort in Indian Kashmir, police and witnesses said.
UPDATE V. Conrad: “I’m sure the Mumbai bombers represented a ‘broad strata’ of Indian society.”