India says two car bombs
have killed 46 people and wounded more than 100 others in the country's
financial capital Bombay (Mumbai).
Reports from the scene indicate the bombs were each placed in
taxi cabs. One went off near the popular tourist site the Gateway
of India monument. Minutes later, the second exploded near a crowded
jewelry marketplace, the Zaveri Bazaar.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell condemned the blasts. He
telephoned India's Minister of External Affairs, Yashwant Sinha,
to express his outrage at the attack and offer condolences.
There has been no claim of responsibility. In the past, India
has blamed such incidents on Pakistan-backed Islamic militants.
Islamabad quickly condemned the deadly bombings as an act of terror.
India's Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani said the banned
Students Islamic Movement of India and Lashkar-e-Taiba could be
behind the bombings.
The explosions came hours after a government report said the
remains of a temple-like structure have been found under the foundations
of a centuries-old mosque that was destroyed by Hindu extremists
in 1992 in the northern town of Ayodhya. Hindus claimed that the
16th century mosque was built after the razing of a temple to their
god Rama. The 1992 destruction triggered Hindu-Muslim riots that
killed 2,000 people.