Bombay rocked by deadly shootings 172 killed

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  1. Mumbai rocked by deadly shootings

    Gunmen have opened fire at a number of sites in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), killing at least 16 people and injuring others, local reports say.
    Police said the shootings appeared to be terrorist attacks.

    Gunmen opened fire in at least seven sites, including a train station, two five-star hotels, a hospital and a restaurant popular with tourists.
    There has been a wave of bombings in Indian cities in recent months which has left scores of people dead.

    Most of the attacks have been blamed on Muslim militants, although police have also arrested suspected Hindu extremists.

    At least two blasts, suspected to be grenade attacks, were reported alongside Wednesday's shootings.

    Fox News mentions unconfirmed reports of 14 westerners held hostages and up to 25 people killed in the different attacks,2933,457885,00.html

    CNN mentions 18 killed according to CNN-IBN and "ongoing gun battles"
  2. Latest "score" was 25 dead, according to Channel 4 News...unconfirmed statements that the attackers were searching out victims with British or American passports...

    Pakistani AQ/Taliban?
  3. According to an Indian source it's now 80 killed and 250 wounded....

    Terror attacks in Mumbai; 80 dead, over 250 injured

    MUMBAI: Terror struck the country's financial capital late on Wednesday night as coordinate serial explosions and indiscriminate firing rocked

    eight areas across Mumbai including the crowded CST railway station, two five star hotels--Oberoi and Taj. ( Watch )

    At least 80 people were dead and 250 injured in the terror attacks, hospital sources said.

    Two terrorists were still inside the Oberoi Hotel and commando operation was on.

    Terrorists hijacked white police jeep near Metro cinema in South Mumbai .

    Firing was also reported near Maharashtra state assembly building in South Mumbai.

    Armed with AK-47 rifles and grenades, a couple of terrorists entered the passenger hall of CST and opened fire and threw grenades, Mumbai General Railway Police Commissioner A K Sharma said.

    The terror strike which began at 10:33 PM at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus(CST), formerly known as the Victoria Terminus(VT), claimed 10 lives in the premises of the station alone, police said.

    Three persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a taxi on Mazegaon dockyard road and an equal number were gunned down at Taj Hotel. The victims in the hotel were its employees.

    The lobby of the Oberoi hotel was on fire and the hotel evacuated, eyewitnesses said.

    Maharashtra DGP A N Roy said tonight's attack in "at least seven places" is a "terror strike."

    Sharma said 30 persons were injured in the CST incident. Commandoes were rushed to the CST which wore a deserted look and train services suspended.
  4. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    The name for this place in the English language is Bombay. Just as Munich, Copenhagen, Lisbon etc are English words for places called different names by their locals. So also Canton, Peking etc.
  5. Last report on C4 was that the bad guys had taken hostages at the hotel...

    The day before Thanksgiving - coincidence?
  6. It's probably Lashkar-e-Taiba kicking off again. They set off a series of bombs just before I visited Mumbai in 2003 with my ship.

    Edit-I've just seen that they attacked the Taj Mahal Hotel-that was the duty watch bar for RN Ships whenever they were alongside there in the past.
  7. Seems the Indian government have been accused of being 'weak on terror' (not sure of the political leaning of the Indian Express though-found it on Yahoo News India):

  8. It'll be touristy places in Goa next, the police there are a joke, more interested in bribery than policing. I've been on holiday there a few times, the locals (Goans) are decent people, but there are a lot of immigrants from other Indian states, and thats where the trouble lies.

    I will be amazed if something doesn't kick-off there during the present tourist season.
  9. The last round of bomb blasts was blamed on Pak-based Islamists but intriguingly the Indian security forces arrested an Indian army colonel, a Hindu, who apparently confessed to being behind those attacks.

    Great! That lot will probably waste more civvies than the terrorists!
  10. According to Sky, India's anti-terrorism chief has himself been killed, bugger! :oops:

    This is major, will no doubt be portrayed as India's 9/11.

    There may be trouble ahead!
  12. Doubt it, it's not the first major attack in India and won't be the last.
  13. ...and you'd be an expert on terrorism, what with your contacts/friends in the muslim terrorist organisations. Sounds like the work of your lot, killing unarmed civilians....
  14. The Deccan Mujahadeen (sounds like a bunch of Hindus :roll: ) are now claiming responsibility. That's very big and clever of them. Clearly AFG's getting a bit hot for these vermin.