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Mumbai blasts not aimed at unnerving business centres: Chidambaram

Home Minister P Chidambaram says the serial blasts in Mumbai cannot be interpreted as an attack on the markets, but were targeted to hit the congested and populated areas.

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The serial blasts in Mumbai were not aimed at unnerving the business centres of the financial capital of the country but were targeted to hit the congested and populated areas, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday.

"I don't think the blasts yesterday can be interpreted to be an attack on markets. Blasts have taken place in Dadar, in Opera...are bizarre. I think they chose the places because of the density of the population and very congested nature of these areas.

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I don't think it should be treated as an attack on India's commercial capital as I said last attack was on 26/11, this attack after 31 months is regrettable. I want to assure that India will continue to prosper...this cannot be seen as an attack on India's commercial capital," he said.

Meanwhile, the stock markets in Mumbai began their business on a normal note.

"I walked on these lanes yesterday and it was the nature of the construction there...the kind of work that goes on there..the density of the population was quite mind-boggling. I think they chose places where even a low intensity blast would have a great impact," Chidambaram said.

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