Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Terror in Mumbai

Terrorists have struck in Mumbai, India in a coordinated attack that killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds in the country's financial capital. Reportedly using machine guns, grenades and bombs, terrorists attacked two high profile hotels, a train station, a hospital and a popular tourist restaurant. The terrorists were apparently targeting wealthy tourists and specifically attempted to take British and American hostages. A previously unknown group, the Deccan Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Police report that four terrorists were killed and nine suspects arrested. At this hour, the situation is still developing.

India has experienced increasing terrorist attacks in recent years. This incident represents one of the largest and boldest attacks to date. It is alarmingly atypical in that gunmen engaged victims and have taken hostages.

(image: a police officer cares for a wounded child, Reuters)