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Death Toll Climbs After Mumbai Train Bombings

The latest reports indicate that at least 174 civilians have been killed in the Mumbai, India commuter rail attacks in which at least seven bombs were detonated on passenger cars and in stations during rush hour. The human carnage was immense.

Suspected along with Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba has denied it was their handiwork. However, Indian authorities arrested a man known linked to LeT with 2kg of RDX explosives and over $100,000 in cash in his possession. The arrested Aijaz Hussain was reported by police to have in the past received money from Pakistani sources and passed it on to Islamic terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir.

Within that context, anonymous Indian intelligence sources said that the Mumbai bombings “seemed very much on the cards with information pouring in about stockpiling of arms and explosives by religious extremists.” Those sources told the Times of India that Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) are both believed to be behind the deadly attack on Indian commuters.

According to Jugal Purohit of Mumbai’s Mid Day daily newspaper, early investigations indicate that the seven blasts were not set off by suicide bombers, but that they were timer-detonated bombs placed on the luggage racks within the trains. At least seven blasts occurred within minutes of each other.

While condemnation for the attacks poured in from around the world, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed to fight terrorism with “all possible measures” as India was placed on high alert and security increased throughout the country.