How 10 Young Men 'Took Over Our City'

In minutes, group landing from sea spread terror across Mumbai
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2008 11:23 AM CST
A Jewish man breaks down while attending a memorial service at a synagogue in Mumbai today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – How did 10 young men cripple a bustling Indian city in minutes? It started when four arrived on an inflatable boat in a poor fishing colony, scaring off inquisitive residents and jumping into taxis for the Oberoi Trident hotel, the Washington Post reports. “It’s a slum area. We didn’t think to protect it,” said a policeman.

More men joined and they spread out, blasting a train station, popular cafe, hospital, and other buildings. “It seemed like they were in a hurry,” said the cafe’s owner. “It was as if they wanted to shoot as many people as they could even though this was not their main target.” They entered the Taj hotel from its less-guarded back. “Somehow these men owned us,” said a survivor.