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American and British nationals were targeted today by Islamic terrorists today in a brutal attack in Mumbai India. Over 80 dead, 40 Western hostages taken and hundreds wounded…and I’m not afraid of the UN or some freak leftist crying “raaacism”. It was ISLAMIC TERROR. How’s that for offensive?
Islamic terror did this. State Department, are you listening?
God help the hostages and their families. Pray for their safe release.
Over 40 western hostages are reportedly being held at two luxury hotels in soutern Mumbai, say the Times of India.
The Indian army is reportedly moving in on two hotels in Mumbai where terrorists have taken western hostages.
A group calling itself the “Deccan Mujahedeen” has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to the Press Trust of India.
Eyewitness reports say the attacks were aimed at British and American nationals. Alex Chamberlain, a Briton caught in the attacks, said an attacker asked tourists if they were British or American before opening fire.
He added there was “no doubt in my mind” that the attacks were from a fundamentalist Islamic group.
And from before:
Westerners were rounded up in at least two five-star hotels, including the exclusive Taj Palace, which were among seven targets stormed by men armed with AK-47 machine guns and grenades.
Witnesses said the terrorists, thought to be linked to Al-Qaeda, were specifically targeting British and American visitors.
Police said more than 80 people had been killed and another 250 injured as blasts and gunfire were heard across the city.
Security forces continued to fight gunbattles with the terrorists last night, hours after the initial attacks in Bombay, also known as Mumbai.
Guests in the restaurant of the five-star Oberoi were challenged on their nationality as they were herded upstairs from the Oberoi restaurant.
“They told everybody to stop and put their hands up and asked if there were any British or Americans,” said Alex Chamberlain, a British businessman. “My friend said to me, don’t be a hero, don’t say you are British.
“I am sure that is what this is all about. They were talking about British and Americans specifically.”
“I guess they were after foreigners, because they were asking for British or American passports,” saidRakesh Patel, a British witness who lives in Hong Kong and was staying at the Taj hotel on business. “They had bombs.”
“They came from the restaurant and took us up the stairs,” he told the NDTV news channel, smoke stains all over his face. “Young boys, maybe 20 years old, 25 years old. They had two guns.”
Ace adds this nugget of info:
Several upscale hotels (frequented by westerners), a hospital, a train station and a police station were attacked in a coordinated effort that has been going on for about 4 hours and is continuing at the moment.
The cities top anti-terrorist cop is dead and several of his top officers are have either been killed or wounded.
Broadcast reports say 80 are dead and 200 900 wounded but that’s likely to increase.
National anti-terror troops have moved into the area, including at least one of the hotels where hostages are being held.
Americans and British were targeted and thought to be among the hostages.
Benson provided a link to an Indian broadcast network that is live streaming their coverage.
Hotair is all over this as well:
*update* Is the Deccan Mujahadeen an Al Qaeda front group? Bill Roggio seems to think so:
Indian intelligence believes the Indian Mujahideen is a front group created by Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Harkat ul Jihad al Islami to confuse investigators and cover the tracks of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI, a radical Islamist movement. The groups receive support from Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence and are al Qaeda affiliates.