MUMBAI, India (AP) — India's home minister says three explosions that killed at least 10 in the financial hub of Mumbai appear to be a coordinated terror attack.
Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said the blasts wounded another 54 and the toll was expected to rise.
He said India inferred it was a coordinated attack by terrorists" because of the close timing of the blasts at evening rush hour Wednesday. They hit crowded neighborhoods and a famed jewelry bazaar.
The Press Trust of India and several news channel reported that India's Home Ministry had called the explosions a terror attack. No Home Ministry officials could be independently reached for comment.
Television footage showed dozens of police offcials, several of them armed, at the sites of the explosion and at least one car with it's windows shattered could be seen.
An official at the city's Police Control Room said one blast was in the crowded neighborhood of Dadar in central Mumbai. The others were at the famed jewelry market Jhaveri Bazaar and the busy business district of Opera House.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of office policy.
"It must be a bomb blast," Chhagan Bhujbal, a state minister told a TV news channel.
The explosions took place around 7 p.m., when all the neighborhoods would have been packed with office workers and rush hour commuters.
The blasts — if confirmed as a terror strike — would mark the first major attack on Mumbai since 10 militants laid siege to India's financial capital for 60 hours in November 2008.
That attack, which targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station, was blamed on Pakistan-based militant groups. The attacks escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals and prompted them to suspend peace talks.
However, the talks have recently resumed.