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July 13th, 2011

MUMBAI, INDIA – A series of explosions were simultaneously set off in the Indian capital of Mumbai (Bombay) with reports that three areas in the financial district were directly affected.

  • The Indian Home Ministry described the blasts as a terrorist attack. Investigations are underway to identify the group responsible.
  • Authorities believe the first explosion came from a jewelry store in the Zaveri Bazaar.
  • The second bomb went off in a taxi next to a bus stop in the Dadar district in the city center.
  • According to reports, the last explosion was triggered in the Opera House district during evening rush hour.
  • The state has been placed on high security alert. Casualty count is still unknown.

Original sources: AP; AFP; Reuters; Hindustan Times; Mumbai Mirror; USA Today; The Washington Post; The Telegraph; Ha’aretz; Times of India; Daily India; The Straits Times; Malaysia Star; TIME; Al Jazeera; BBC News; Sky News; NDTV; Emirates 24/7.


Analysts available for comment:

Richard Barrett is a coordinator at the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Implementation Monitoring Team, also known as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General at the request of the Security Council.

CONTACT: richard.barrett@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English

Christophe Jaffrelot, Ph.D. is a French political scientist and expert on South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan. He is the former director of CERI at SciencesPo in Paris, France’s foremost center for research on international politics, and served in this role from 2002-8.

CONTACT: christophe.jaffrelot@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; French

Samina Ahmed, Ph.D. is the South Asia project director for International Crisis Group. She is a specialist on South Asian affairs, particularly the insurgencies in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

CONTACT: samina.ahmed@theglobalexperts.org

Location: South Asia

Languages: English; Urdu

David Claridge, Ph.D. is the managing director at the Janusian Intelligence and a recognized specialist in the assessment of terrorist threats.

CONTACT: david.claridge@theglobalexperts.org

Location: West Europe

Languages: English

Matthew Hunt is a senior associate at Janusian, where he works on a range of political and security risk projects, including managing the Aon/Janusian Terrorism Tracker database, live threat map and analytical publications.

CONTACT: matthew.hunt@theglobalexperts.org

Location: South Asia; Middle East; Latin America; North Africa

Languages: English; Spanish

Arabinda Acharya, Ph.D. is a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Manager of Strategic Projects at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research. He is an expert on terrorism and conflict throughout the South Asia region.

CONTACT: arabinda.acharya@theglobalexperts.org

Location: South Asia; Southeast Asia

Languages: English

Swadesh Rana, Ph.D. is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and former chief of the Conventional Arms Branch in the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs. She was a member of the political cabinet of UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali. She is also former senior associate at the Indian Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses.

CONTACT: swadesh.rana@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: Bangla; English; Hindu; Panjabi; Urdu

Naveed Ahmad is a journalist at Gulf News in Islamabad, Pakistan. He served as a Geo News Correspondent for many years and worked with multiple media agencies around the world. Ahmad specializes in investigative reporting on security affairs, civil-military relations, diplomacy, energy and religion.

CONTACT: naveed@silent-heroes.tv

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