Coordinated Attacks Kill at Least 100 in Mumbai
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
India’s busiest city came under fire Thursday morning (local time) as gunmen attacked at least seven targets, including two luxury hotels, a train station and a hospital. The attacks killed at least 100 people and injured hundreds more. Officials said the death toll included the head of Mumbai’s counterterrorism unit.
Often described as the financial capital of India, Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, forms the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the world, with around 19 million people.
At least seven high-profile locations were hit in India’s financial capital, including two luxury hotels where dozens of hostages are being held.
The buildings are now ringed by troops. Gunmen are also said to be holding people captive in an office block.
Police say four suspected terrorists have been killed and nine arrested.
As day broke in Mumbai, the situation on the ground was still confused with reports of gunfire and explosions at between seven and 16 locations.
The city’s main commuter train station, a hospital, a restaurant and two hotels—locations used by foreigners as well as local businessmen and leaders—were among those places caught up in the violence.