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    Default 26 November 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

    Ten simultaneous terrorist attacks on 26 November 2008 occurred across Mumbai (Bombay), India's financial capital and largest city.At least 101 people, including at least six foreign nationals, have been confirmed dead, and at least 314 have been injured.All except one of the attacks took place in South Mumbai, at the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station; two five-star hotels: the Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point, and Taj Mahal Palace & Tower near the Gateway of India; the Leopold Café, a popular tourist restaurant in Colaba; the Cama Hospital; and the police headquarters where at least three high-level officers, including chief of the Anti Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra, were killed by gunfire. A previously unknown organization identifying itself as the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility by email sent to news organizations.Some media reports have attributed these terrorist attacks to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group.According to some news reports, a terrorist holding hostages at the Oberoi told an Indian TV channel that they wanted all 'Mujahideen' in Indian prisons released before they released their hostages. He also indicated that there were seven terrorists holding hostages at that location.
    The attacks began around 9.50pm on November 26, when gunfire was heard inside the Leopold Cafe. Next, armed with AK-47 rifles, two terrorists entered the passenger hall of the CST railway terminal at about 10:30 p.m. and opened fire and threw grenades, killing at least ten people.Two terrorists held fifteen hostages, including seven foreigners, in the Taj Mahal hotel.CNN is reporting that the hostage situation at the Taj has been resolved and quoted the police chief of Maharashtra state as saying that all hostages have been released.Forty people are being held as hostages in the Oberoi Trident hotel.Six blasts are reported to have taken place at the Taj hotel and one at the Oberoi Trident.The Taj Mahal Hotel was reported to be completely under government control at 4:22 a.m.Both hotels are on fire and have been surrounded and stormed by Rapid Action Forces commandos.The terrorists are reported to be following the attacks on TV connections in the hotels, but they subsequently have been blocked. All terrorists are out of the Taj hotel, and police and firefighters are working to rescue the estimated 50 people trapped inside. Low-intensity blasts were reported in Vile Parle and a grenade attack in Santa Cruz. Two blasts were reported in the Nepean Sea Road area of south Mumbai. A petrol pump was blown up.All local trains on the Mumbai Suburban Railway have been suspended.

    * A confirmed news is that a Blast occured at Oberoi Trident at 13.24 27th Nov 2008



    India has suffered a wave of bomb attacks in recent years. The November 26 terrorist attacks appear to be the deadliest globally so far this year. [23] Mumbai, being the financial capital of India, has been the target of many of these attacks. The most recent Mumbai attacks started shortly before 10 p.m.[6], when two persons with automatic AK-47 rifles and hand grenades were seen holding up inside the CST station in Mumbai. There were incidents of firing in Colaba where a policeman was reported to be injured. Police seized a boat filled with arms and explosives anchored at Mazgaon dock off Mumbai harbor.[1]

    About 65 Army commandos and 200 National Security Guards (NSG) commandos and MARCOS (India) commandos were sent to Mumbai.[3] The army was reported to have stormed both the hotels to try and flush out the hostage takers.[24][16]

    A number of European Parliament Committee on International Trade delegates were staying in the Taj Mahal hotel when it was attacked.[25] British Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim (who was in the lobby when gunmen initially opened fire there) and German Socialist MEP, Erika Mann were last heard of hiding in different parts of the building.[26] Also reported present was Spanish MEP Ignasi Guardans Cambó, who was barricaded in a hotel room.[27] Another British Conservative MEP, Syed Kamall, reports that he along with several other MEPs left the hotel and went to a nearby restaurant shortly before the attack.[26] Kamill also reported that Polish MEP, Jan Masiel, was thought to have been sleeping in his hotel room when the attacks occurred and has not been heard from since.[26] Kamil and Cambó report that a Hungarian MEP's assistant has been shot.[26][28]

    Also caught up in the shooting were the President of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, while checking-in at the Oberoi Trident[28], and Indian MP, N. N. Krishnadas of Kerala, while having dinner at a restaurant in the Taj hotel.[29]

    The New York Times is reporting that terrorists are holding several hostages at Nariman House in Colaba believed to be owned by Chabad Lubavitch. Chabad Lubavitch also expressed concern that its representative in Mumbai, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, and his wife, Rivka Holtzberg, were missing.[21] According to the Times of India, the Indian Jewish Federation reported that a rabbi and his family had been taken hostage at the Chabad house.[30] Haaretz Daily has since reported that Rivka Holtzberg and their two-year-old child were released unharmed.

    A previously unknown organization identifying itself as the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility by email sent to news organizations.[3] In September, the Indian Mujahideen warned of the attacks.[5] According to a witness, the gunmen were looking for American and British passport holders and left alone others, such as a man claiming to be Italian.[31] Some media reports have attributed these terrorist attacks to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group.[7][8]

    Maharashtra state home secretary, Bipin Shrimali, has announced that the police have killed four gunmen when they attempted to flee in cars in two separate incidents, and state home minister, R. R. Patil, says nine suspects have also been arrested.[32]

    As a result of this incident, all schools, colleges and most offices, including the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange will remain closed on 27th November 2008.[33]

    The police have found the motorboats from which the terrorists came. The terrorists are said to have come from Gujarat by boat.

    [edit] Casualties

    At least 101 people[34] have been killed in the attacks and 314+ wounded.[35] Among the dead are 81 Indian civilians, 14 policemen and six foreigners, including one Japanese man.[36][6][37] In addition, nine terrorists were killed and another nine were arrested.

    According to Maharashtra chief minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, fourteen policemen have been killed in total, including the following high profile officers[38][39]:

    * Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad Chief: Hemant Karkare who headed the team investigating the politically sensitive 2006 Malegaon blasts
    * Additional Commissioner of Police: Ashok Kamte
    * Encounter specialist: Vijay Salaskar

    [edit] Coverage

    Many people are covering the unfolding event on social media websites like Twitter and Flickr, which are largely clustered under search tags such as "mumbai" and "attack". Twitter, in fact, has emerged as one of the most important sources of news updates about the terrorist attacks,[40] with information unfolding even before sources such as The New York Times could provide coverage. Many Indian bloggers have live-blogged the attacks. A map of the attacks was set up using Google Maps. [40] Authorities have requested that all media outlets be very cautious and that they not show footage of the very sensitive NSG operations taking place, which are being monitored by terrorists, IBNLive says.

    International Airlines

    Many international airlines temporarily discontinued operations to Mumbai in the interest of passenger and crew safety

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    Last edited by coldabhishek; 27-11-2008 at 08:16 AM.

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    this tragedy shall never be forgotten, may god give peace to the the souls of the innocent victims. But wotever they do we still stand united and we will. Hats Off to the NSG and police personnels who brought situation under control and saving many more lives.

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