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Blasts rock Mumbai, 42 killed

Mumbai, Aug. 25 (PTI): Two powerful bomb blasts in crowded areas of the city today killed at least 42 people and injured over 150, officials said even as security forces were put on high alert in Maharashtra and neighbouring Gujarat.

Police sources said explosives concealed in two taxis went off in quick succession in the vicinity of Mumbadevi near the crowded Zaweri bazaar and Gateway of India.

Twenty-six people were declared dead before admission to J.J. Hospital and 85 were admitted with serious injuries, Maharashtra health minister Digvijay Khanvilkar said.

At G.T. Hospital, three persons were declared dead before admission while 35 were admitted with serious injuries.

City police commissioner R.S. Sharma said the explosions were suspected to be the handiwork of terrorists but so far no one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The explosions occurred in Gujarati dominated areas, prompting the authorities in Maharashtra and Gujarat to put security forces on high alert.

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