Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India’s financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 82 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.
Near dawn Thursday, parts of the city remained under siege, with police and gunmen exchanging occasional gunfire at the hotels and an unknown number of people still held hostage, said A.N. Roy, a top police official.
Explosions were heard at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel, and an ensuing fire engulfed the top of the landmark building. The attackers specifically targeted Britons and Americans, witnesses said.
A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The top anti-terrorist police officer was killed in the fighting.
UPDATE: Brickmuppet points out this interesting bit in another report:
At least two sten guns have been recovered from the terrorists, the chief minister said.
See his post for pictures, maps, and a lot more info.