Indian PM vows to bring perpetrators of Mumbai serial blasts to book

10:58, July 15, 2011      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2nd L front) and Congress President Sonia Gandhi (1st L front) meet the bomb blast victims at JJ Hospital in Mumbai, India, on July 14, 2011. (Xinhua/Government of India)

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday the perpetrators of the serial bombing attacks in the Indian financial capital must be "pursued relentlessly".

Seventeen people were killed and 131 others injured in synchronized blasts that rocked the popular areas of Dadar, Zaveri Bazar and Opera House within minutes of each other Wednesday evening.

Manmohan Singh, who visited the metropolis Thursday evening with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, condemned the "barbaric" bomb blasts, promising "the government will do everything in its power to prevent such attacks in future."

He said the government was coordinating "efforts and resources to relentlessly pursue the perpetrators... (who) have sought to subvert."

The prime minister and Sonia Gandhi visited some of the injured in the J.J. Hospital.

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Rakesh Maria vowed that they would "ensure no matter wherever the accused are, we will identify them and bring them to book" as he appealed for faith and trust.

Officials refused to name any particular group suspected to be behind the blasts for which there has so far been no claim of responsibility. But they said they were looking at "all angles" to identify the perpetrators.

Prime suspicion fell on the Indian Mudjahideen, a militant group which was blamed for several terror attacks in the country over the past several years.

Source: Xinhua
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