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Today in History: March 12,1993 — Bombs kills more than 250 in Mumbai

The explosions were triggered off at 12.30pm in a suburban train at Nerul

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People watch the damaged cars after the explosion in Central Mumbai.
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1993 A series of high-powered explosions at 14 different locations killed at least 250 people and injured over 1,000, turning the metropolis into a cauldron of chaos and panic. The explosions were triggered off at 12.30pm in a suburban train at Nerul, about 80km north of Mumbai. The 27-storey building of the Mumbai Stock Exchange shuddered to a massive explosion at 1.28pm as the trading was about to end. A third explosion occurred at Carnac Bunder between VT terminus and Masjid railway station.

Another explosion ripped through the streets of Zhaveri Bazaar, the main bullion market. The headquarters of the national airline Air India office at Nariman Point. The residents of the Worli complex and the heavy crowd near the Passport Office, were thrown against the walls when an explosion turned several buses and cars into fire balls.More bombs exploded at Plaza Cinema in Dadar and Mahim. Telephone lines and power supply broke down cutting out all communication.

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