Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Islamofascist Terrorists Strike in Mumbai, India; 80 Killed; Hostages Held

“They wanted anyone with British or American passports,” one witness at the hotel told the NDTV Indian news channel. “They wanted foreigners.”


MUMBAI, India - Terrorists armed with automatic weapons, bombs and grenades attacked at least seven sites in Mumbai on Wednesday and were holding Western hostages at two luxury hotels, authorities said. Police and Indian media reported at least 80 people were killed and 250 wounded.

The gunmen targeted five-star hotels, a popular restaurant, a police station, a crowded train station and other sites in India's financial capital in attacks that began late Wednesday and continued into Thursday, police and witnesses said.

Explosions were heard at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel, and an ensuing fire engulfed the top of the landmark building early Thursday. Screams could be heard and enormous clouds of black smoke rose from the century-old waterfront edifice. Firefighters were spraying water at the blaze.

...An organization calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen sent an e-mail to news organizations claiming responsibility for the attacks. Terrorism experts said they had not previously heard of the group.

Here is video shot at the scene:

Jonn at This Ain't Hell is in contact with a friend who lives in Mumbai, you can read her descriptions at his blog posting here, as well as any updates.

Two British MEPs were in the Taj Mahal Hotel when the attacks happened.

Gateway Pundit writes:

UPDATE: Horror! There is fighting reported from the hotels.The operation is ongoing. Security forces are moving throughout the city. There could be more targets throughout the city. A couple of terrorists have been killed away from the downtown. This is a new kind of urban jihad.

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