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Mumbai by Spursfan on 26 November 2008 10:49pm
Isn't this awful?

I find it even more shocking as I (along with Michael P.) have stayed in the Taj Mahal Hotel.

"Dozens of people are feared dead after gunmen attacked at least seven luxury hotels in Mumbai, India's financial capital.
Gangs, described as "terrorists" by police, opened fire in the lobbies of the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi hotels in Mumbai.
British MEP Sajjad Karim was among one group of guests who barricaded themselves in a basement room after fleeing from machine-gun fire in the Taj Mahal hotel.
He said: "I was in the lobby of the hotel when gunmen came in and people started running. There were about 25 or 30 of us. Some of us split one way and some another. A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me. I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen and then we were shunted into a restaurant in the basement. We are now in the dark in this room and we've barricaded all the doors. It's really bad."
The gunmen also attacked the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in southern Mumbai and Leopold's restaurant. There were unconfirmed reports of an explosion near the city's domestic airport.
A senior police officer said several people were wounded, and police were fighting the gunmen.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband condemned the attacks, saying: "(The) attacks in Mumbai which have claimed many innocent victims, remind us, yet again, of the threat we face from violent extremists. I condemn these attacks unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured. The UK and India will continue their joint efforts to counter the actions of terrorists."

According to the TV news, the 'terrorists' were asking for British and American guests. The Taj Mahal hotel is currently on fire and alledgedly has several dozen hostages inside.

My heart goes out to all involved.
Re: Mumbai by tucsonmike on 27 November 2008 1:06am
I was just watching this on BBC America. The situation is still in flux. Scary. Our problems do not begin to be on the charts. One man called BBC from inside the Taj Mahal Hotel.

After meeting the SWAT guys, I have more understanding of what they are going to have to deal with with these attackers.
Re: Mumbai by MMMmmm... on 27 November 2008 9:54am
It is so immensely tragic; I just want it to be over with as least harm to innocents as possible.

*Blessed are the peace makers*

We need more! These radicals need to see the errors of their ways...
Re: Mumbai by suzulu on 27 November 2008 1:20pm
It is so awful. No country in the world is safe anymore.
Re: Mumbai by kazzzz on 27 November 2008 1:23pm
I just don't know what to say, it's just not stopping.
Ray has also stayed in that hotel:(
Re: Mumbai by geordiegirl on 27 November 2008 3:07pm
Isn't it awful for everyone concerned.

Some governments - hesitantly & secretly - meet the Taliban.

Do you have a view on whether or not that is a good idea? Can this stop?
Re: Mumbai by johnnythemonkey on 27 November 2008 6:33pm
The scale and ferocity of these attacks is terrifying. At least ten locations across the city have been targeted and the situation is ongoing.
Re: Mumbai by Spursfan on 27 November 2008 7:08pm
I know it is terribly selfish but I can't stop myself thinking 'it could've been us'. Ok it was 7 years ago, but I can't help it. It is frightening, especially that they asked for British and Americans.

I've also stayed in the Intercontinental in ND, V!

Re: Mumbai by johnnythemonkey on 27 November 2008 7:24pm
Just spoke to my eldest sister on the phone. She told me that she and her husband once stayed at The Taj Mahal when he was a sea officer. Although it was years ago, it just shows that it's a 'small world'.
Coincidentally, she 'bumped into' my brother on that stay, as he was also 'on the boats' at that time and his ship was in port at the same time as George's.
Re: Mumbai by Ken Dunn on 27 November 2008 11:34pm
Our daughter has been to/through Mumbai at least 4 times in the past couple of years. It would have been tragic if she had been caught up in any of the incidents but I think her training for the work she did out there would have stood her in good stead.
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