India puts all main cities on high alert after Mumbai terror attack

09:38, July 15, 2011      

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Police check passengers at the airport in Mumbai, India, July 14, 2011. Police strengthened security in Mumbai airport as well as in several other cities after Wednesday's serial blasts, which killed at least 17 people and injured 131 others. (Xinhua/Li Yigang)

India Thursday put all metropolitan cities, including the capital, on high alert following the serial blasts that rocked Mumbai Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 131 others.

"The Indian capital, the southern cities of Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore, and the eastern city of Kolkata have been put on high alert. All the local governments have been asked to step up security," a senior government official said.

"We will take all necessary precautions to ensure that the blasts don't recur anywhere in the country,"the official said.

Indian-controlled Kashmir was also placed on high alert following serial blasts in India's financial hub Mumbai.

Indian police and paramilitary troopers stationed in Indian- controlled Kashmir have increased the patrol across the region to foil attempts by suspected militants.

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