Highly motivated terrorists planned Mumbai attacks

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) Terrorists, who struck Mumbai last night at 13 different places, appeared to be highly motivated and planned and executed the attacks within three hours, killing 101 people and wounding 287 others.

The militants, who came from sea route, first struck at 2120 hrs and even 24 hours later, they were holding scores of people hostage, firing and lobbing hand grenades at many places, including the Taj and Oberoi hotels.

The defence, security and intelligence agencies have geared up for a long-drawn anti-terror offensive aimed at apprehending and liquidating the terrorists.

After striking, the terrorists' next target was Leopold Cafe at 2148, Oberoi at 2157 hrs, Hotel Taj International at 2203 Hrs and Colaba Wadi at 2225. They later targetted Times of India at 2250hrs, BMC office at 2251 hrs, Memosis Building at 2254 hrs, Cama Hospital 2259 hrs, GT Hospital at 2319 hrs, Head Office Gate 0007 hrs, SBI office at 0029 hrs and Vidhan Bhavan at 0032 hrs, informed Mr M L Kumawat, Special Secretary in the Home Ministry.

They lobbed handgrenades and blasts were heard from the hotel Taj Mazagon, BPT, Oberoi Hotel, Colaba Market, Panchagyan, Cama Hospital, Nehru Road, NV Highway and Free Press Road.

At CST hospital, Cama Hospital, Metro Junction near SBI office, a police team intercepted terrorists and shot dead one of them and apprehended another.

However, the militants killed 14 policemen, including JCP ATS Hemant Karkare, ACP (East) Ashok Kamate, two Inspectors, two Sub Inspectors and two Assistant Sub Inspectors and six constables.

Six foreigners have also been killed and seven injured, but their nation of origin has not yet been ascertained. A total of 81 civilians have been killed and 255 injured in these attacks. Two NSG commandos have been injured in the offensive launched at terrorists at the Taj Hotel.

Five terrorists, including two at Taj Hotel, two at Chowpati and one at Nariman House were gunned in the joint anti-terror operations launched by NSG commandos, Army and naval commandos, RPF and Mumbai Police.

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