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Terrorists Attack Mumbai, Kill 101 People

Posted November. 28, 2008 04:28,   

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Terrorist attacks hit the heart of Mumbai, India’s financial capital, around 10 p.m. Wednesday with automatic rifle and grenade assaults on 10 sites including landmark hotels and the city’s train station.

The carefully coordinated attacks killed at least 101 people, including six foreigners, and injured 314. A hostage standoff continued through yesterday afternoon, CNN said.

All 26 Koreans including consul general in Mumbai Kim Dong-yeon and employees attending a Korea-India business conference at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel were confirmed to have safely escaped after four and a half hours.

▽ Indiscriminant attacks on hotels and hospital

Indian police said several terrorists stormed into the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and fired AK-47 rifles and threw grenades.

Firing and explosions ensued at two luxury hotels - the Taj Mahal Palace and the Oberoi Trident. The Times of India said terrorists went to one of the hotels on a boat with explosives via sea.

The terrorists, who speak Hindi and Urdu, tried to single out British and American nationals.

▽ Continued hostage standoff

Immediately after the attacks, the group Deccan Mujahideen sent an e-mail to media claiming responsibility for the attacks.

A militant hidden in the Oberoi Hotel told India TV over the phone, "Release all the Mujahideens, and Muslims living in India should not be troubled. Then the hostages will be freed."

Global media said some 10 people were held in the Taj, at least six in the Oberoi, and a Jewish family in Nariman House, an office building with a Jewish center.

In Korea, the Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry was tracking four missing Koreans who were supposed to have been on a flight back home. The ministry formed a task force and raised the travel warning to India from level 1 (caution) to level 3 (restriction).



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