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Monday, August 25, 2003

Multiple bomb blasts in Mumbai

Between 1pm and 1:30pm today, two successive bombs went off in Mumbai. At least 40 people are feared to have been killed by the blasts, though this number is feared to rise. What's really disturbing about this incident is the use of taxi-cabs to deploy the bombs.

A well known fact about terrorism is that it attempts to disrupt a way of life by means of terror. Mumbai is also one of the few Indian cities where civic infrastructure actually works. The recent terrorist strikes seem to be well organized and intelligent enough to attempt a disruption of this well-oiled machine. One can only rely on the innate mental toughness of Mumbaikars to shrug off these events and continue their normal way of life.

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