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Mumbai Terrorist Attacks Kill 80 People, Injure 240

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — As many as 80 people were killed and 240 injured in India’s financial hub of Mumbai as gunmen armed with rifles and grenades raided five-star hotels in the country’s first terrorist attack targeting foreigners.

Fire spread through the luxury Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, where terrorists were holding as many as 15 people hostage, the Press Trust of India reported. A little known Islamist group called the Deccan Mujahadeen claimed responsibility for the attacks, PTI said.

Army commandos moved into the Taj, Oberoi and Trident hotels to flush out the gunmen, the news agency said. Two attackers had entered one of the Trident’s restaurants saying they were looking for Americans and Britons, Times TV said.

Targeting foreign nationals at key tourist hotels and restaurants adds a new dimension to a wave of bombings in India this year that have killed more than 300 people. “Mumbai is the New York of India and this is a clear attack on Westerners,” said Clive Williams, a terrorism specialist at the Australian National University.  More from Bloomberg.com

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November 26, 2008 - Posted by | Homeland Security, War on terror | , , , , , ,

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