Indian Army in Gunfights With Terrorists at Hotels
American officials safe: state department
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2008 6:06 PM CST

(Newser) – The Indian army is engaged in gunfights with terrorists at two five-star hotels and a hospital in the financial hub of Mumbai, IBNLive.com reports. The fate of hostages—media reports say Americans and Britons are being held, but details are impossible to pin down—remains unclear. The city remains in chaos after 10 coordinated attacks left at least 87 people dead—including nine terrorists—and hundreds injured.

"I guess they were after foreigners, because they were asking for British or American passports," said a British witness who escaped the Taj. "They had bombs." A previously unknown group called the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility, but its motives remain unclear. The US State Department said it knows of no American casualties so far.