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India: Terror attacks continue in Mumbai

In what appears to be a surreal sense of reality, television channels are airing footage from the various places in Southern Mumbai that are being attacked. Ultrabrown writes –

A large-scale S. Bombay terrorist attack is going on right now using automatic weapons, hand grenades and possibly a taxi bomb. Commandos and military are supposedly being rushed in. Gunfire is still being heard on live TV.

And the logistics of living in a country which constantly finds itself under terrorist attacks. Meandering thoughts… writes

A friend called from Mumbai to find out if I'm fine and mentioned that he's actually made groups in his phone's contact list – one for each metro city of the country. Makes it easier for him to react and find out about family and friends every time a blast happens.

I'm beginning to realise he has a point.

Worryingly, there already is a sense of conflicting information from various sources. While some mainstream media sources suggest that the situation is under control, others give the impression that there maybe a hostage situation developing in some of the hotels, especially with foreign nationals being held by the terrorists.

Tweets from Mumbai were one of the first to break the news. Manic Scribe writes.

A bunch of terrorist are in the midst of a co-ordinated attack on Mumbai, India. The reports first started trickling in on Twitter, of all places, as I follow a few people who live in Mumbai. They have actually heard the explosions.

India Retold writes

They are still there, firing and waiting to take the police on. The lobby of Oberoi Hotel has been set on fire. A petrol pump in Colaba has just been blown up, as this is being typed. Dadar station has been evacuated. An explosive laden taxi has been blown up in Ville Parle. Two terrorists have entered GT Hospital. They are exchanging fire with police near Metro cinema. Some terrorists have even commandeered a police jeep and are moving around in it firing indiscriminately. Incidents of blasts/ firing/lobbying of hand grenade have been reported from at least nine places. And the number is only increasing even at this hour past midnight. Live firing can still be heard on TV. It is 12:31 AM.

As the minutes go by, more reactions emerge from the blogosphere. An angry post at Doing Something For My Country!!

Makes me wonder what will make our so called LEADERS to stand up and notice of whats happened and again happening… They of course do not realise the importance of lives of INDIANS, otherwise some concrete action might have taken place… Calling the INDIAN POLITICIALS WEKELINGS AND COWARDS would be the understatement of the century…

The attacks came quite late in the night on a weekday. Chances are that the city will take a few days before things return to normal. (Once was) Mumbaiwallah writes

It's 00.17 on 27 November as I write. CNN on Twitter tells me that the city is under seige again. A grenade apparently went off at CST and shooting was reported in Colaba. NDTV.com live tv shows that the Oberoi lobby is on fire and an ‘encounter’ is on at the Taj and Trident Hotel.

Trains on the central line have been stopped until further notice. 20 people have been reported dead at this time.

93 comments

  • Sia Singh

    SSA!!

    Right know in the UK.. Trying 2 call ma fam there in Mumbai but i can`t rche any1??!! Is is because the line is down there? Or is it a techn,cause.. Network down??

    I hope that this nightmre.. is over soon!!

    2 everyone.. hang in there!! God Bless!!

  • […] Mumbai has been hit by several attacks for which a group calling itself Deccan Muhajedeen has claimed responsibility. You can updates from local bloggers at Mumbai Metblogs India,at Groundreport and at Global Voices. […]

  • Nicole

    I will pray for them! I can’t believe this..I don’t understand why terror hate them?

  • chabulah

    Mahajon,

    STFU! These are terrorists who don’t care whether their victims are Hindu or Muslim. You think they ask someone are you Hindu or Muslim before they kill him or her. The BJP, Shiv Sena, RSS and other right wing Hindu parties are legitimate terrorist outfits just like Syed Shihabuddeen and most Muslim extremist parties. It’s a dance all politicians play whether they are Hindu, Muslim or Christian or Sikh, whether they are BJP, Congress or Muslim League…the idea is to play the religion and the caste game, and while you are distracted with that they line up their pocktets and have fools like you cursing Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Tamils, SC/ST, etc.

    Wake up and be Indian. Do something positive for your country instead of spreading hate

  • […] Real Time Citizen Journalism in Mumbai Terrorist Attacks. Maitri Vatul also has a good roundup. On Global Voices Online, Neha Viswanathan posted a roundup of reports from several Indian […]

  • It is hard to watch the TV reports. Unbelievable, almost! Prepare yourself for the usual excuses from those people that follow the so-called “Religion of Peace”.

    My heart goes out to the people of India. Pity the innocent victims of a group of vile human beings that do these things in the name of their “god”.

    Why don’t certain people ask why evil people do these terrible things? Why do those who make excuses and blame others refuse to look at what their own doctrines?

    The worst thing is that these people will not change (and I am not talking about the terrorists). They have no hearts and no conscience. More blood will be shed. That is what they want. That is what there religion teaches, killing and being killed (Quran 9:111).

    Shame!

    Kactuz

  • Manisha

    my prayers extended to all those in Mumbai, and to those of us with family and friends in Mumbai, HANG IN THERE.

    I am feeling so much anger at the LAME, ineefective, callous politicians who are supposedly our leaders. maybe we as a people can do something since over 3600 dead people and multiple attacks dont seem to be motivation enough for the government.
    hopefully this tragedy will only bring us together as indians despite what our government does, and what it doesnt do.

  • Kactuz,
    Why don’t you find yourself a rock and hide behind it?
    Stop spewing your hate rhetoric little child – and go learn a few other lines to insult an entire religion, with more than a billion adherents?
    Do you think any true Muslim would approve of this violence?
    At a time like this, when the world is hurting from such a calamity, a voice like yours makes absolute sense as it puts into perspective how much evilness and hate is really out there.

  • sardar patel

    Samename Sardar Patel had predicted this outcome when Mr. Jinha was acting like English Taliban leader for furture Pakistan. You need President BUSH like horoscope person from India to tackle these bastards.
    Wake up Indians, Hindus and other non Muslims…your ASS is under fire!!!!

  • Joan and Ron Bower

    We are diplomats living in Mumbai. It is a sad/sad day. We grieve this incident. As I was preparing for our Thanksgiving dinner today. I am having trouble being thankful. God bless Those who were affected deeply by this terrible act. From our apartment we have watched in horror what has and is still happening. Ron and Joan

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