Bombay's Sept. 11

Today the details of the attacks sound all too familiar: coordinated strikes across a nation's financial and cultural capital; Islamic zealots possessed by a lethal intensity of purpose; security agencies that fail to detect any sign of danger beforehand. And, behind it all, a shadowy boss beyond the reach of the law, with connections to Pakistan's secret service and a vast personal fortune.

Living in the shadow of 9/11, it's easy to forget that India suffered its own historic terrorist strike nearly nine years earlier. Between 1:28 and 3:35 p.m. on March 12, 1993, a group of terrorists...

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