India is reeling after a coordinated terror attack involving a coordinated triple bombing in Mumbai. Details are still trickling in but over twenty people have been killed and over 100 injured:
…The bombings came just months after peace talks resumed between India and Pakistan, which New Delhi has blamed for past attacks.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts and appealed to the people of Mumbai “to remain calm and show a united face.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and Indian officials refused to speculate on who might be behind the blasts.
Indian officials have accused Pakistan’s powerful spy agency of helping coordinate and fund earlier attacks, including the Mumbai siege, which killed 166 people over three days. Peace talks between the countries were suspended after the siege and resumed only recently.
Pakistan’s government expressed distress about the loss of lives and injuries soon after Wednesday’s blasts were reported.
U.S. President Barack Obama also condemned the “outrageous attacks.”
“The American people will stand with the Indian people in times of trial, and we will offer support to India’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice,” he said in a statement. “I have no doubt that India will overcome these deplorable terrorist attacks.”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will go ahead with her plans to visit India next week despite the bombings. Standing with India “is more important than ever,” she said.
The bombings began with an explosion that ripped through the famed Jhaveri Bazaar jewelry market at 6:54 p.m. A minute later, a blast hit the busy business district of Opera House, several miles (kilometers) away in southern Mumbai. At 7:05 p.m., the third bomb exploded in the crowded neighborhood of Dadar in central Mumbai, according to police.
We often forget about the significance of the India-Pakistan conflict and assuming a terrorist group with links to Pakistan are involved, this is a timely reminder. It’s important to keep in mind that one of the [many] reasons Pakistan plays both sides with the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan is because unlike the United States, Pakistan views India as a greater threat to Pakistan than the Taliban or Islamic extremism.
And keep in mind, while the United States and Israel blather on about the existential threat posed by Iran’s as-of-yet non-existent nuclear weapons, both India and Pakistan are nuclear weapons states and the situation between the two nations is extremely unstable. But we don’t hear too much about that, do we?