Atacuri la Bombay, soldate cu cel puţin 80 de morţi şi 250 de răniţi

Atacuri la Bombay, soldate cu cel puţin 80 de morţi şi 250 de răniţi

Cel puţin 80 de persoane au murit şi alte 250 au fost rănite în atacurile teroriste comise miercuri la Bombay, capitala economică a Indiei, au anunţat surse medicale, citat de cotidianul Times of India, în pagina electronică.

Potrivit publicaţiei, mai multe explozii coordonate şi focuri de armă au vizat opt zone din Bombay, inclusiv o gară şi două hoteluri de cinci stele, Oberoi şi Taj. Doi terorişti se află în continuare în hotelul Oberoi, iar o operaţiune de comando este în desfăşurare.

Teroriştii au sustras o maşină de teren a poliţiei, în sudul oraşului, în timp ce focuri de armă au fost auzite în apropierea clădirii Parlamentului statului Maharashtra.

Înarmaţi cu mitraliere AK-47 şi cu grenade, doi terorişti au pătruns în holul gării şi au deschis focul, lansând totodată grenade, a anunţat comisarul de poliţie din Bombay, A. K. Sharma.

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Mumbai: In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine A policeman stands guard after shootings by unidentified assailants at a railway station in Mumbai. (Reuters)

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guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city’s most high-profile targets – the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard – killing at least 80 and sending more than 900 to hospital, according to latest reports. ( Watch )

The attacks have taken a tragic toll on the city’s top police brass: The high-profile chief of the anti-terror squad Hemant Karkare was killed; Mumbai’s additional commissioner of police (east) Ashok Kamte was gunned down outside the Metro; and celebrated encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar was also killed. ( Watch )

The attacks appeared to be aimed at getting international attention as the terrorists took upto 40 British nationals and other foreigners hostage. The chairman of Hindustan Unilever Harish Manwani and CEO of the company Nitin Paranjpe were among the guests trapped at the Oberoi. All the internal board members of the multinational giant were reported to be holed up in the Oberoi hotel.

Two terrorists were reported holed up inside the Oberoi Hotel and commando operation was on.

An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen, has sent an email to news organizations claiming that it carried out the Mumbai attacks.

The Army and Navy in Mumbai were put on alert. 65 Army commandos and 200 NSG commandos were being rushed to Mumbai, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said.

Some media reports attributed the attack to Lashkar-e-Taiba. There were alsounconfirmed reports that some of the terrorists came in by sea. A boat laden with explosives was recovered later at night off the Gateway of India.

Well after midnight, sources said two of the terrorists were shot and wounded at Girgaum in south Mumbai. The two were driving in a commandeered silver-coloured Skoda car. Earlier, these men had sprayed bullets from a police Bolero, outside the Metro Adlabs multiplex.

The attacks occurred at the busiest places. Besides hotels and hospitals, terrorists struck at railway stations, Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport. Several of these places are within a one-km radius of the commissioner of police’s office. „This is definitely a terrorist strike. Seven places have bee attacked with automatic weapons and grenades. Terrorists are still holed up in three locations Taj and Oberoi hotels and GT Hospital. Encounters are on at all three places,” said Maharashtra DGP A N Roy.

St George’s Hospital and G T Hospital were said to have received 75 bodies and more than 250 injured people, additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev said. Bombay Hospital got two bodies and 30 injured people were admitted there; Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, got three dismembered bodies.

Three of the deaths occurred inside the Taj and one G T Hospital attendant died in a shootout inside the hospital. There were reports of people cowering under tables and chairs at both the Taj as well as G T Hospital.

Metro Junction resident Manoj Goel said: „My brother, Manish, died in the firing at Colaba’s Hamaal Galli.”
Cops fired back at the men – probably from one of the Lashkar groups, dressed in black and with backpacks and SRPF, Crime Branch, ATS and teams of military commandos were summoned to the spot. Train services at CST were suspended and all roads leading to and from south Mumbai were blockaded.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh cut short his Kerala visit and was returning to Mumbai. He described the situation in Mumbai as „very serious”.

Deshmukh promised „stringent action” against the assailants but the mood across Mumbai was not so optimistic.


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