India’s Commercial Capital Mumbai Attacked By Terrorists
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Nov. 27 – Terrorist’s attacked 10 prime landmarks in Mumbai at 10 pm local time last night killing at least 100 people and wounding over 900 others. Prominent amongst those shot down are chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare, Mumbai’s additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.
A group called the Deccan Mujahideen, have claimed responsibility for the attack, however it is yet to be ascertained to which terrorist outfit they belong. Reports state that the terrorists are targeting foreigners in the city. Besides attacking prominent tourist hot spots such as the Taj Mahal Hotel, Oberoi Towers and Leopolds café in South Mumbai the terrorists reportedly asked guests in these hotels for British and American passport holders. Adding to the panic, hospitals including Cama hospital and Bombay Hospital as well as Mumbai’s largest railway station, the CST station and the Municipal Corporation headquarters have also been attacked.
According to local media, this is not just an attack on Mumbai or India, but a large scale, well planned attack by international terrorists looking at making a global statement.
By late last night, state ministers were called in from the Southern Indian state of Kerala and 400 army and navy personnel were rushed to the city; 200 National security guards have also been deployed into the city to aid the local police and fire services.
The city of Mumbai, which prides itself in being the city that never sleeps, is now deadly quiet. The police have taken control of the entire city and not a soul is seen on the normally crowded streets. Security has been heightened in all major cities. Schools, universities, offices and both stock exchanges – the NSE and BSE – are shut.
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