Mumbai, India’s financial capital, was rocked with simultaneous explosions on Wednesday that left 18 people dead and 131 people injured as of the latest count. Indian officials have not yet identified any the group responsible for the deadly attacks and so far no arrests have been made, according to the country’s Home Minister P Chidambaram.

The blasts began at around 7 p.m. just in time when the target areas would have been congested with commuters and office employees heading back home. The city has now been placed in high alert.

Since evidence suggests that the attack may have been another terror strike, this would be the first major attack on the city since ten Islamic militants terrorized the financial capital for almost 60 hours nearly three years ago. The latest explosions hit the same places where the attacks took place in November 2008 that killed 166 people.

The 2008 attack targeted two luxurious hotels, a rail station, and a Jewish center and was blamed on Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic militant organization based in Pakistan. It resulted to a diplomatic row between India and Pakistan that led to the suspension of peace talks between the two nuclear powers.

Immediately after the incident, the interior ministry announced that it was a “terror strike”. Chidambaram believes it was a coordinated attack considering that explosions occurred within just minutes of each other. He, however, was quick to note that it was still early to speculate on which group carried out the bombings.

No immediate indication as to the involvement of any Pakistani armed group. Observers think that if this is indeed a work of a terror group based in Pakistan, this will further complicate the already fragile relations between India and Islamabad who are continuously disputing over Kashmir.

Interestingly, the triple bombings came on Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab’s birthday, the only surviving terrorist from the 2008 attacks.

The first blast in Zaveri Bazaar occurred in a jewelry shop. The second one was in Dadar district that targeted a bus stop. The last explosion struck in an Opera House district that was packed with people by the time of the explosion. Experts believe that the selection of the locations implies that the bombings were supposed to cause maximum casualties.

By looking at the incident, there seems to be no proof suggesting that Mumbai is under attack in the same deadly manner as it was in November 2008 and some say that this could be a work of a smaller, local group.