Mumbai under terror attack, 101 killed

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{image-taj hotel_27112008.jpg}Mumbai, Nov 27: Nearly 101 people, including three senior police officials of Maharashtra, were killed by terrorists in one of the worst ever attacks on this financial capital late on Wednesday, Nov 26 in which 250 others were injured.

The Army has been called in to assist the city police to combat the terrorists as operations against them were still on after more than four hours in the Taj mahal Hotel and the Cama hospital, close to the Chatarapati Shivaji railway terminus.The terrorists resorted to firing at as many as eight places, mostly in south Mumbai. Maharashtra Anti Terrorist squad chief Hemant Kharkare, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Khamte were among those killed in the operations.

The police have gunned down two terrorists and taken into custody nine others during the operations, state government spokesperson Bhushan Bhagnani told UNI.

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Even as the operations extended late into the night, as many as 200 people have been held hostage at Taj Mahal Hotel. The hotel has been encircled by the army personnel. Meanwhile, operations also continued at Trident hotel and Cama Hospital.

Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor himself is personally supervising the operations.

State Home Minister R R Patil, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, described the attack as a war-like situation.

He said the Centre has extended full support to flushout the terrorists.

According to him the terrorists used automatic weapons at nine places in the city and also hurled six hand grenades.

While Additional commissioner Ashok Khamte was killed in the operations at Cama Hospital, the two other senior officials died following injuries they suffered in the opertions at the Trident Hotel.

Police said security has also been intensified at another hotel, J W Marriot, following the reports of planned attack there.

Mumbai Helpline Number: 91 022-22005388

Delhi Helpline Number: 91 011- 23890606


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