Update 12:47 AM IST:
200 commandos are on their way from New Delhi and one ACP of police has been killed in encounter with the terrorist. St George Hospital has already received 50 plus dead bodies and various news channels are reporting 12 to 24 separate attacks. At this point the actual number of unique locations is still vague. Five star Hotels in Posh South Mumbai area, Train Stations and Hospitals haven been attacked complete picture still illudes the media and public at large!!
One eye witness Rakesh Patel from London and currently based in Hong Kong spoke to Indian news channel NDTV and described his encounter with the terrorists. He was taken from the restaurant to 18th floor by "two terrorists aged 20 to 25 years were looking for foreigners with British and US passports and took them hostage in Taj Mahal Hotel. " Television pictures show the Dome of the old Taj Hotel right now.
Terrorists have taken 40 people hostages in Hotel Oberoi and Indian Army has been asked to be on standby. The encounter is still on after 4 odd hours shows that the terrorists are prepared for long haul. Elite commondos of National Security Guard (NSG) have been pressed into action. Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba was hosting a conference of Hindsutan Unilever Limited and the Managing Director of the company and its employees are also feared to be trapped inside the hotel.
It is now confirmed that 5 terrorists escaped from near Metro Cinema in a police van throwing grinades and firing from AK 47 assult rifles.
Update 12:08 AM IST:
Another update coming in is that Terrorists have escaped in a police van from near Metro Cinema, reporters at the venue are reporting that they were firing from the van and escaped. Police is out in full force and weapons drawn and are checking all major junctions. As Mumbai is the hub of major refinaries there is huge police presence around these locations.
There are terrorists still inside Hotel Oberoi and Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba, this is one of the oldest hotels in the country and overlooks the Gateway of India. Pictures on Television channels clearly show the hotel being surrounded by Armed policeman. It is also reported that there are a few Member of Parliament staying in The Taj Mahal Hotel. There are guests still trapped inside the Oberoi Hotel. It is feared that four terrorist are still inside the Oberoi Hotel. Prime Minister of India has confirmed that there are five blasts.
Trains on the Central Line have been stopped. Mazgaon area and Mumbai office of Intellegence is also under attack.
Financial Capital of India Mumbai is under attack. In a first of its kind terrorist action in India and also anywhere in the world, a city of the size of 15 million plus is under sieze. The attacks started at 9:30 PM IST and there were attacks in at least seven places simultaneously. It is a first for the terrorist to come out in open and fire at public with AK 47 and Hand grinades.
The seven places are : Taj Hotel, Trident Hotel, Oberoi Nariman Point, Leopold Cafe in Colaba, Santa Cruz, Vile Parle.
Right now there are encounters are reported from
Cama Hospital and J J Hospital, Oberoi Hotel as of now. Four international Cricket teams were to stay in Taj Hotel where some guests are still being held hostage.
There are reports that two of the most reputed hotels in the city viz. Hotel Oberoi at Nariman Point in Post South Mumbai and the second one is Taj in Colaba. Both the hotels have 20 plus stories. As per more news pouring in another hotel trident has also been attacked. Explosions are also reported from Santa Cruz, Vile Parle and capital cinema. suiside attackars are inside the hotel and there are reports of encounter continuing.
There are reports that one of the busiest railway station of local trains VT station is also under siege, the local trains are the lifeline of the city Mumbai.
Injuries: It is reported that at least 12 individuals are injured, three policemen are seriously injured. Police is reporting that bombs and guns have been used in the attack. SO far there are no reports of any arrests so far. It is feared that four to five gunmen have entered the two hotels and are still un accounted for.
* Colaba: Petrol pump blown up * 10 killed in Colaba attack * Gun battle outside Metro cinema hall * Hotel Oberoi, Hotel Taj under siege * RAF considering commando action, may storm hotels * Local trains suspended Mumbai: At least four people are reported to have been killed and 15 are injured as unidentified groups of gunmen opened fire in at least four places across south Mumbai on Wednesday night. * CJ: Are you there? Send us pics, videos Mumbai police confirm it is a terrorist attack. The five-star Hotel Oberoi is under siege and gunmen are reported to have held the occupants hostage. Reports say 10 gunmen are holed up inside Hotel Oberoi. Firing and gunshots are also reported from CST Railway Terminus, the popular Café Leopold restaurant and Cama Hospital - all in south Mumbai. Hotels under siege The first incident took place at between 2215 hrs IST and 2230 hrs IST when bullets, apparently from automatic weapons, were fired at police and paramilitary forces outside the Taj Hotel in south Mumbai. The next, near simultaneous shooting took place near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus police station in which six people were injured. Police have cordoned off the CST Railway Terminus, a crowded place at this time of the evening, and have stopped entry. Press Trust of India reports two persons armed with automatic weapons and hand grenades are holed up inside the CST station. PTI also reports three people, employees of Taj Hotel in South Mumbai, were killed after being fired upon by terrorists and an equal number of people died in a bomb blast in a taxi at Dockyard Road. The lobby of Hotel Oberoi is reportedly on fire. At CST Unidentified persons opened fire near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, headquarters of the Central Railway, which is a world heritage building and remains crowded almost throughout the day. Local train services to and from CST have been suspended. A police official said he saw two people, armed with automatic weapons at CST. "They opened indiscriminate fire and fled inside. They are reported to be holed up between platform seven and eight," he said. Two more blasts have been reported from Majhgaon and BPT Colony.