Mumbai back at work after blasts

Victims of Mumbai's deadly bombings battled for life in crowded city hospitals yesterday but millions of others put the threat of more attacks to the back of their minds as India's financial hub went back to work.

Investigators picked through mangled trains to search for clues as to who was behind Tuesday's eight co-ordinated bomb blasts that killed at least 200 people and wounded more than 700. Suspicion fell on militants fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.

Just hours after the bloody attacks, the city's residents were back at work and the stock market was steady. "It's a little scary but we have no option to go back to work," said Amita Rane, a 24-year-old chartered accountant.

Yesterday morning, more than 12 hour after the attacks, relatives and friends of victims were still poring over survivors' lists at city hospitals or trying to identify charred and mutilated corpses. Other relatives were inside the wards, tending to the injured lying on blood-soaked beds.

Governments around the world tightened security in cities from New Delhi to New York yesterday.

Extra police were deployed at railway stations, parks, markets and religious institutions across India to prevent further attacks and possible violence between Hindus and Muslims.

Police in Kashmir blamed the attacks there on the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, which authorities say was also behind bomb blasts in crowded markets in New Delhi last October that killed more than 60.

But the organization denied any role. "These are inhuman and barbaric acts. Islam does not permit the killing of innocent people," a spokesman told newspapers in Kashmir.

Source: China Daily



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