Mumbai Death Toll Climbs to 80

Foreigners may be hostage as Indian authorities battle terrorists in coordinated attacks
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2008 2:08 PM CST
A man injured in a gun battle is carried to a hospital, at the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in Mumbai, India.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A coordinated attack by men armed with machine guns and grenades has killed 80 and injured 250 in Mumbai, the Times of India reports. The violence started at a major rail hub, and included bombings of hotels and near a hospital. Indian officials are calling the attack a “terror strike.” Terrorists occupy two hotels, and are holding hostages as they face off with police, NDTV reports.

Police think some of the attackers are still inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, and are camped out across the street. The posh hotels Oberoi and Taj Mahal were targeted, as well as a bar popular with foreigners, the AP reports. Some sources have the death toll as low as 16. “The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades,” a police official said. “The encounters are still going on and we are trying to overpower them.”