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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Oberoi, Taj Mahal Attacked in Mumbai (Video)

Two luxury hotels were attacked in Mumbai yesterday night. The Taj Mahal Palace and the Oberoi Trident hotels are two of the most famous hotels in the coastal city of 13 million people. Gunmen stormed the two five-star hotels demanding to know which guests had British or American passports which is a departure from previous attacks that did not target foreigners.

The Oberoi Trident Hotel has hosted such guests as Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and leaders of countries such as the United States, China, and Iceland. It is known for its personal butler service and sea-facing room views. A British diner in one of the hotel's three restaurants describes the scene:

They were talking about British and Americans specifically. There was an Italian guy, who, you know, they said: "Where are you from?" and he said he's from Italy and they said "fine" and they left him alone.

Rock star Prince's ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, was also at the Oberoi, saying, "We left everything behind, including purses and phones. There was a lot of panic." Between 100 and 200 hostages were being held in the Oberoi.

At the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, around 15 people were held. Legislators for the European Union-India summit were staying at the hotel at the time. One said, "A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me. I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen." The hotel had previously housed guests like Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, and Mick Jagger.

At the moment, 101 people are reported dead.

Taj Hotel Attack Video

Oberoi, Taj Mahal Mumbai Attack Photos

Taj Mahal Hotel Fire

Taj Mahal Hotel Fire

Taj Guest Looks out Window

Taj Guest Looks out Window

Police Stand Watch in Mumbai

Police Stand Watch in Mumbai

Taj Fire Doused

Taj Fire Doused

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Reader Comments:

The challenge is to the Tricolor and the Lions of Ashoka. Never in its History, have Indian armies tried to attack a neighbour, never in its History have Indians been accused of usurping on anything that was at a cost of tears to anyone, still on this 27 thday of November 2008, we look back and see was it all worth it?

The PM’s speech today at best was timid. This is not a juncture to face a camera and read words written on board behind it, its a call to stand up and face. The nation is terrified and demoralised.

are we going to sit back and watch this??
No defifnitely not. Its crossing the limits this time. Terrorists with their tools firing desperately to cost livs of innocents. But they need to understand that this nation will not sit back and morn over its great sons like SALASKAR,AMTE.

I am just surprised that they only sent a few hundred commandos to deal with this situation. The US Army would have sent thousands if this had happened. An entire national guard brigade would have been sent if this had happened on US soil. I am an American and it's clear that the Indian government didn't respond forceful enough. I think tourists will think twice about going to India now. This really only hurts the Indians more than the foreigners.

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