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The Bombay Blasts and Citizen Journalism

Tourists on the run as bullets, grenades and bombs fall all around. Only the internet social networks can keep up.

Once again tourists abroad have been seen as fair game by terrorist groups as gunmen opened fire in hotels across Mumbai (better known to Indians as Bombay) and explosions have in restaurants, a hospital and the main train station, taking the lives of over 100.

Many believed it was only a matter of time before India was targetted for bomb blasts and shootings aimed to intimidate tourism and rumours of planned attacks at the Goa Night Market kept freaks on their toes for the last few seaons. Militants have in the past targetted tourists at beaches in Sinai, a disco in Bali and with vast amounts of weapons floating around India, it didn’t take much imagination to see just how easy it would be to mount an attack.

Mass world discontent + unregulated arms industry = deaths of innocents in terrorist attacks.

But what’s new about the attacks in Bombay of the 26th November is the way the news is being covered. Rather than wait for censored updates on traditional news networks, people are taking updates into their own hands, running live Twitter updates, posting a Google Maps page to highlight the areas under attack and even posting series of eyewitness photos on flickr But if you prefer the traditional networks, here’s the latest from the BBC on the Bombay Blasts