Mumbai terror attacks leave over 100 killed, 300 injured
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Nov 27, IRNA
More than 100 people were killed and 300 injured in one of the most violent and tragic terror attacks at seven places in Mumbai, business capital of India.
The first firing incident occurred at around 9.50 Wednesday night at Leopold Cafe in Colaba, followed by Taj Hotel, Oberoi Hotel, CST station, Capital Cinema Hall, Cama Hospital and GT Hospital.
The city also simultaneously witnessed various blasts at Vileparle, Napean Sea Road, RPF headquarters Vadi Bunder and near CST station opposite BMC head quarters.
Army, Navy, Police CRPF and Paramilitary forces are carrying out the combing and rescue operations.
During the combing operation, the Police shot dead two terrorists at Girgaum Chowpatty at midnight and two more suspects are reported to be killed in the counter attack at Taj Hotel which went on for four long hours.
Nine suspects have also been arrested by the police following the attacks. The rescue operation still continues at three major hotels in the city including Taj, Oberoi and JW Marriot.
Eleven policemen including ATS Chief Hemant Karkare, Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Mumbai Police 'encounter specialist' Vijay Salaskar were killed in the attack.
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has expressed shock on the death of these officers.
According to All India Radio, the Maharashtra Director General of Police A N Roy said a short while ago that the firing was heard near Nariman House in Colaba.
Police has cordon off the area amid reports that terrorists are holed up in the building.
Fresh rounds of gunfire heard from inside the Taj Hotel in South Mumbai. At least one injured and few others brought out.
A Government spokesperson said that the terrorists are suspected to be holed up in Cama hospital and situation inside the hospital is not cleared.
Schools and colleges have been closed and people have been asked to venture out of home only if necessary.
The Union cabinet is in session to discuss the situation in the country following serial terror attacks in Mumbai.
The meeting is being chaired by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is in regular touch with the Maharashtra Chief Minister to know the latest.
Election rally of the prime minister scheduled for Thursday in Delhi has been cancelled.
Meanwhile the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has rushed to Mumbai to take stock of the situation.
There will be no trading on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges on Thursday in the wake of the terror attacks in the country's financial capital Mumbai.
According to a BSE spokesperson following the abnormal situation in the metropolis and the State Government's advice to the people to stay home, it has been decided to keep the BSE closed on Thursday.
Expiry in the F&O and all settlements stand postponed to the next working day.
The President Prathibha Devisingh Patil, the prime minister and the Congress President Sonia Gandhi have strongly condemned the attack.
Meanwhile, a little-known militant group called as 'Deccan Mujahideen' claimed responsibility for Mumbai's terror strikes by sending e-mail to news organizations.
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