- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Three explosions rocked busy locations in India’s financial capital Mumbai late Wednesday, killing at least 8 people and injuring 70 in the city that was the scene of a major terrorist attack nearly three years ago.

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.

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