Child of Ganga

Breaking news

Posted in Uncategorized by Nadia Kamil on November 27, 2008

MUMBAI: Army commandos laid siege Thursday to two luxury hotels in Mumbai where gunmen held foreign guests hostage as part of coordinated attacks across India’s financial capital that left up to 100 dead.

A group calling itself the “Deccan Mujahedeen” claimed responsibility for the attacks late Wednesday night on the Taj Mahal and Oberoi Trident hotels, and eight other locations, including the main train station, a hospital and an up-market restaurant.

Maharashtra state’s Director General of Police A N Roy said around 100 people were killed in the precisely targeted assaults by small groups of gunmen armed with AK-47s and grenades that began around 10.30 pm (1700 GMT).

Some foreign tourists were reported to be among the dead.

Witnesses said the gunmen had specifically chosen US and British citizens to take hostage.

(More information: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/392586/1/.html)

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SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says they are working closely with the Indian authorities to secure the safe release of a Singapore woman held hostage at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai.

It is believed she is one of 20 foreigners taken hostage and is unharmed.

In a news conference, a spokesman says they are flying up the family members to Mumbai and rendering to them all necessary assistance.

“We will definitely look at all the scenarios and make an educated decision on whether there is a need for us to send a crisis negotiating team to Mumbai,” said the director of consular directorate at MFA, Jai Sohan Singh.

“We have actually made the offer of assistance to the Indian government, if necessary. We have not received any request at this point in time.”

MFA says Singapore strongly condemns the attacks and conveys its deepest condolences to the victims, their families, the government of India and its people.

It says the Mumbai attacks underscore the common terrorist threat that we continue to face today.

Singapore stands firmly behind the Indian government in its fight against terrorism.

MFA and the Singapore Consulate-General in Mumbai are closely monitoring the situation in Mumbai.

(More information: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/392569/1/.html)

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I’ll be staying in today. Hopefully it’ll be safe to go out tomorrow.

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  1. Lauren said, on November 28, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Nadia, just please be very careful. You’re the bravest and just overall the most awesome person ever :) We love you and are always behind you. Hope your project goes well and come back safely ok.


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