Around 101 people have been killed and more than 300 people have been injured in last night’s mayhem in Mumbai by suspected Pakistan-based terrorists.
Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city’s most high-profile targets : the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway of India and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard, Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport.
The attacks have taken a tragic toll on the city’s top police brass: The high-profile chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare was killed; Mumbai’s additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte was gunned down outside the Metro; and celebrated encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was also killed.
The attacks appeared to be aimed at getting international attention as the terrorists took upto 40 British nationals and other foreigners hostage. The chairman of Hindustan Unilever Harish Manwani and CEO of the company Nitin Paranjpe were among the guests trapped at the Oberoi. All the internal board members of the multinational giant were reported to be holed up in the Oberoi hotel.
Army has entered the hotel to flush out the terrorists. 65 Army commandos and 200 NSG commandos were being rushed to Mumbai.
An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen, has sent an email to news organizations claiming that it carried out the Mumbai attacks.
A boat laden with explosives was recovered later at night off the Gateway of India.