27 November 2008

Mumbai attacks that have left at least 101 dead

In highly coordinated attacks, teams of gunmen stormed several sites across India's financial capital of Mumbai Wednesday, killing more than 100 people and targeting mostly Westerners.
Indian security forces have surrounded two hotels in Mumbai, the Oberoi Trident and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which were taken over by gunmen who launched co-ordinated attacks in the city on Wednesday that have so far left more than 100 people dead.
Mumbai is entering a second night of crisis and two top hotels are burning. Gunfire has been heard coming from the old, historic heart of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Security forces are still battling with the gunmen.

Eleven police officers, including the chief of Bombay’s anti-terror squad, were killed in stand-offs with gunmen. At least eight terrorists were killed and nine arrested
US President-elect Barack Obama says the US must strengthen ties with India and other nations to "root out and destroy terrorist networks". His national security spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, says Mr. Obama "strongly condemns today's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the people of India."

Source: BBC News

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