Death toll from Mumbai triple bombing rises to 20

AP News
Posted: Jul 19, 2011 7:09 AM
Death toll from Mumbai triple bombing rises to 20

The death toll from last week's bombings in India's financial hub rose to 20 Tuesday as Mumbai police pursue leads gathered from the three blast sites.

A man succumbed to severe burn injuries he sustained when a bomb exploded in the crowded Jhaveri Bazaar in Mumbai, said police inspector Rajabhau Madhe.

Nearly 70 people injured by the bombings were still in hospitals, said Madhe. Ten more people were discharged from hospital on Tuesday. More than 130 people had been injured in the attack last Wednesday.

Mumbai's anti-terrorism squad was examining footage from closed circuit cameras at the bomb sites as police hunt for the perpetrators. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, and investigators have not named any suspects.

Suspicion has fallen on the Indian Mujahideen, an Islamic militant group linked to Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba that has claimed past terrorist attacks using similar explosives.

Police have fanned out to at least 10 cities to question Mujahideen activists, some of whom are in jail for their involvement in earlier attacks.

The blasts were the deadliest terrorist attack in Mumbai since a 2008 siege in which 166 people were killed in an assault that lasted three days.

Pakistan-based militants were blamed for the November 2008 attacks and peace efforts between the two countries were derailed.

Peace talks between India and Pakistan have only just resumed and India has said the blasts would not affect the schedule of the peace process.

Pakistan's government too was quick to condemn the latest bombings.