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Old 11-26-2008, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Incredibly, incredibly sad ...

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(CNN) -- Gunmen rampaged through a series of targets in the Indian city of Mumbai killing indiscriminately and taking hostages at two luxury hotels.

Mumbai police spokesman Satish Katsa said gunmen have taken over the Taj Mahal Hotel and Hotel Oberoi, and were holding hostages on multiple floors.

Flames and smoke were pouring from the Taj early Thursday, and at the Oberoi, the military reportedly entered the building and a large explosion was heard shortly afterwards.

Earlier, A.N. Roy, the police chief of Maharashtra state, said there were ongoing battles at the two five-star hotels.

CNN-IBN, CNN's sister station in India, reported at least two explosions at the Taj.

One witness told local reporters gunmen had tried to find people with U.S. or British passports. Andrew Stevens, a CNN anchor who was staying at the Taj Mahal with a CNN crew, estimated about half the hotel's guests were Westerners.

IBN, quoting police sources, reported hostages were taken at the both hotels.

Gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades hit the hotels, a cafe, a train station and other sites in coordinated attacks, police say.

Maharashtra state government spokesman Bhushan Gagrani said 78 people were killed and about 200 wounded, while police confirmed 26 deaths.

Among the dead is the head of the Maharashtra state's anti-terror squad, who apparently died in the violent aftermath of the attacks rather than being a target for the killers.

Sajjad Karim, associated with a group of European lawmakers attending an upcoming EU-India summit, told The Associated Press that he was in the main lobby of the Taj Mahal Hotel when "there was all of a sudden a lot of firing outside."

As he tried to get away, he told the AP: "Another gunmen appeared in front of us, carrying machine gun-type weapons. And he just started firing at us. ... I just turned and ran in the opposite direction."

The attacks included five shootouts and two grenade attacks, said a police officer at Mumbai's police control room.

Video showed scenes of chaos, with people crowding Mumbai's streets, some helping others who appeared to be wounded.

The attacks began about 2230 local time (1700 GMT) and more than two hours later witnesses were reporting new explosions and gunfire.

The targets include businesses frequented by international visitors in the city which is India's financial center.

A local journalist told CNN he had seen evidence of an attack at the city's domestic airport, which is on the outskirts of the Mumbai.

IBN reported explosions at a gas station and inside a taxi on a dockside road.

Attacks were carried out at the Taj and Oberoi hotels, the popular Café Leopold, and Cama Hospital, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.

Sourav Mishra, a Reuters.com reporter, was with friends at the Cafe Leopold when gunmen opened fire.

"I heard some gunshots ... Something hit me. I ran away and fell on the road. Then somebody picked me up. I have injuries below my shoulder," Mishra said from a hospital bed he was sharing with three other people.

India has suffered a number of attacks in recent years, including a string of bombs that ripped through packed Mumbai commuter trains and platforms during rush hour in July 2006. About 209 people were killed in that attack.

Last July, a series of synchronized bomb blasts in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad left 49 dead and more than 100 wounded, police said.

But Paresh Parihar, a businessman in Mumbai, described Wednesday's attacks as unlike anything he had seen.

"They really don't fear for their lives or any other activity that could put them in danger," he told CNN. "This is really a very unusual situation."

U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood said: "We are monitoring the situation very closely and stand ready to support the Indian authorities as they deal with this horrific series of attacks."
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Shit that's sad. There are a lot of terrorism going on in India hopefully it stops
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh goodness, that's damn damn sad.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is horrible. I saw some of the coverage on the news and you just can't believe it. Terrible.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Luckly my cousin wasn't in this area when the attack happened.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ah yes, thank you, religion.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/default.aspx
there is a .. it is from india and it is in english
these ppl are targetting american and british ppl targeting foreigners which are being held hostage
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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wow this story is still continuing this is about 10 hours latter
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:53 AM   #9 (permalink)
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freakin terrorists..i feel for all of those that lost their lives or were injured. God bless you all.

My uncle, aunt and cousin are in India right now on vacation and i have no idea where they are. Hopefully far away from Mumbai.
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Ah yes, thank you, religion.
You know, even if we removed religion from the equation, attacks like this would happen in the name of another thing.

A sad story indeed.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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You know, even if we removed religion from the equation, attacks like this would happen in the name of another thing.

A sad story indeed.
Thank-you.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You know, even if we removed religion from the equation, attacks like this would happen in the name of another thing.

A sad story indeed.
Yeah, but it would be in the name of something real and not based on some fairytale of a celestial dictatorship.
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Yeah, but it would be in the name of something real and not based on some fairytale of a celestial dictatorship.
So that would make the killing and carnage "acceptable" then?
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So update:
The terrorist sent an e-mail to India and the IP was tracked to Russia. WTH
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Old 11-27-2008, 05:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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So that would make the killing and carnage "acceptable" then?
That's not what I said. You seem to think that if you took away the killing people do and the wars people wage in the name of some God, that it would be replaced by something else, which is ridiculous.

Assuming morals are a product of human intelligence and evolution, imagine a world without religion. A lot of stupid, pointless crap would vanish. Just look at the (fairly) recent conflicts: 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Bosnia.

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So update:
The terrorist sent an e-mail to India and the IP was tracked to Russia. WTH
WTF? link?
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:16 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I heard it on the news but I'll try to find a link.
This is the link telling about the e-mail but it doesn't say that it tracked back to Russia
http://indiatoday.digitaltoday.in/in...id=81&Itemid=1
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:55 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Another Update:
India found a cell phone that was from one of the terrorists and the calls that were made on it came from Karachi, Pakistan. so that is where they are from
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Oh that's lovely. More Pakistan-India conflict.

Do you have a link though, G?
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:09 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Also, in the morning there were news of another bombing in the Oberoi Hotel which was supposedly cleared. Also, the Indian commandoes went into this one building where the terrorists came before the attck and when that building was cleared a bomb went off in there killing a Indian commndo
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