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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

India Recovering From Deadly Blasts

MUMBAI, India -- Indian investigators on Wednesday combed through the twisted and torn wreckage of train cars ripped apart a day earlier by coordinated bombings that killed 183 people and wounded hundreds during the city's evening rush hour.

The eight bombs tore through packed trains, stunning a city that embodies India's global ambitions, presenting itself to the world as a crowded and cosmopolitan metropolis where bankers dine with movie stars and fashion models party until dawn.

As Mumbai's 16 million people struggled to regain their footing Wednesday, suspicion for the blasts fell on Kashmiri militants who have in the past carried out near-simultaneous attacks on Indian cities, including bombings last year at three markets in New Delhi that killed 59 people.

The Times of India reported Wednesday that Indian intelligence officials believe two shadowy groups, the Kashmiri militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, were responsible for the blasts.

With the annual monsoon leaving the Arabian Sea port overcast and damp Wednesday, police picked through the mangled train cars, placing evidence in blue plastic bags and shooing away curious onlookers.

"We are just trying to establish what kind of explosives were used and where exactly the bombs were placed, but it appears they were kept in the luggage racks," said police inspector Yeshwant Patil, who was helping sift through one wrecked train car. His assessment matches with initial reports that most of the victims suffered head and chest injuries, presumably from blasts above their heads. But even as authorities said they were trying to determine the nature of the bombs, the CNN-IBN television news channel, citing police, reported that RDX explosives were used and that police found timers at one of the station's targeted.

Governments around the world tightened security after the eight blasts, which struck seven trains within minutes of one another during the early evening rush hour. India's cities remained on high alert Wednesday.

Residents overcame their fears and returned to the trains early Wednesday. However, there was none of the usual crush on the trains, which serve some 6 million people a day, making it one of the world's most crowded rail networks.

In many first-class cars -- targeted in Tuesday's bombings -- there were fewer than half the usual 60 to 70 people.

Residents searched through the night for missing friends and relatives.

"We have gone to four hospitals. He would have called by now," sobbed Shakuntala Wari, who was looking for her 24-year-old son, Vikas, at the Bhabha hospital near Bandra. She had also visited a morgue. "I'm just very scared what happened to him."

Mumbai residents tried to help in any way they could. Long lines of people waiting to donate blood formed at hospitals.

Pakistan, India's rival over the disputed territory of Kashmir, quickly condemned the bombings, but analysts said a Kashmiri link could slow -- or even derail -- the peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.