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Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Latest on Terror in Mumbai

Yesterday, a group calling itself Deccan Mujahadeen pulled off a series of coordinated attacks on the airport, two hotels, a cafe, a railway station and a gas station all with a startling amount of Westerners gathering. While this group. Deccan Mujahadeen, is obscure, the attacks have all the hallmarks of Al Qaeda. The coordinated and spectacular nature of the attacks is the sort of thing that Al Qaeda is unfortunately known for. Photos of the suspected bombers show that they dressed in Western clothes with shaved beard in a likely attempt to blend in and not be noticed. The hotels targeted were the Leopold Cafe, the Ville Parte, the Oberoi Hotel, the Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. At least 100 people have been confirmed dead, 800 plus injured, and dozens more are still being held hostage. Several top Indian police, including a top anti terror cop, are among the confirmed dead.

The latest from Fox News is that there is a stand off between Indian Commandos and some of the terrorists.

Indian police have taken at least seven people out of the luxury Oberoi-Trident hotel in Mumbai, one of three buildings where gunmen are still holding hostages in country's financial capital.

The Associated Press reports one of the rescued hostages told reporters he had seen many bodies inside the hotel. He did not give his name.

He refused to give more details, saying he had promised police not to discuss the rescue while it was ongoing.

Indian TV, meanwhile, reports commando teams are engaged in a gunfight with terrorists on the eight floor of the Oberoi-Trident. The battle broke out as commandos were conducting room-to-room searches.

CNN reports that flames at the Oberoi Hotel.

Fires were reported at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, India, a day after a series of attacks that killed 125 people. Flames could be seen coming from the building. CNN sister network CNN-IBN reported the fire was on the fourth floor and that 30 people were trapped. CNN correspondent Sara Sidner reports fresh explosions at the Taj Hotel, the scene of another attack

MSNBC has an eyewitness report.

Bill Roggio gives his analysis of the web of loose associations of terrorists.

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.
As always in a situation like this, events are fluid and constantly changing.

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