Indian authorities have confirmed that on July 13, 2011, at approximately 7:10 p.m. local time, three explosions were detonated in southern and central Mumbai. The blasts are reported to have occurred at the Opera House district and Jhaveri Bazar in southern Mumbai, and at Dadar West in central Mumbai. U.S. citizens living and traveling in India are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling in STEP, U.S. citizens can keep up to date with important safety and security announcements. U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Consular Affairs website for the latest security information. Up-to-date information can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
On the attacks in Mumbai, President Barack Obama released the following statement:
"I strongly condemn the outrageous attacks in Mumbai, and my thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and those who have lost loved ones. The U.S. government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of our citizens. India is a close friend and partner of the United States. 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. During my trip to Mumbai, I saw firsthand the strength and resilience of the Indian people, and I have no doubt that India will overcome these deplorable terrorist attacks."
During a press availability today with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said:
"We condemn these despicable acts of violence designed to provoke fear and division. Those who perpetrated them must know they cannot succeed. The Indian people have suffered from acts of terrorism before, and we have seen them respond with courage and resilience. We are continuing to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of American citizens. Our hearts are with the victims and their families, and we have reached out to the Indian Government to express our condolence and offer support.
"I will be traveling to India next week as planned. I believe it is more important than ever that we stand with India, deepen our partnership, and reaffirm our commitment to the shared struggle against terrorism."