Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Many dead as Mumbai hit by terror attacks

A series of coordinated terrorist attacks have been targeted at a number of key locations in the Indian city of Mumbai. There are reports of explosions and gunfire at hotels, rail stations and restaurants in the city and media reports have said at least 11 people have died. Two terrorists armed with automatic weapons are said to be holed up in the Oberoi hotel where a fire in the lobby is also reported. CNN reported a taxi had its roof blown off and embedded into a tree. A police officer has confirmed to CNN-IBN that a taxi was destroyed by an explosion. The Taj Mahal Hotel is also said to have been attacked by gunmen and a petrol station in the Colaba district has also been targeted. As well as automatic weapons, some reports suggest the terrorists also used grenades in the attacks which targeted popular tourist locations. The main Victoria Station has closed after an attack there and there are reports of a fire. Phil O’Sullivan CNN Producer described the situation as “chaotic” and had returned to his hotel for fear of his own safety. The attacks are said to be continuing with reports of shooting and explosions continuing to come in.

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