Mumbai Crisis: 60 Hours, 195 Killed, 295 Wounded

Officials tie attacks to Pakistan
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2008 5:47 AM CST
Mumbai Crisis: 60 Hours, 195 Killed, 295 Wounded
A fireman gestures outside Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)

The attacks by terrorists on Mumbai spread over 60 hours and left at least 195 dead and 295 wounded, AFP reports. As the focus turns now to figuring out who and why, authorities were piecing together the logistics of the assaults. Attackers arrived by water Wednesday night on a pair of dinghies from a ship, meeting others already in position on land and in the city's hotels, Indian intelligence and reports suggest. “They were very young, like boys,” said a British hotel guest.

Attacks began at a train station; the calm militants moved on to a hospital and cafe, “shooting at anything that moved,” said a tourist. Arriving at the targeted hotels and a Jewish center, they collected hostages, with an eye for Americans and Britons. Indian commandos began floor-by-floor sweeps in the hotels. Early this morning, the final gunmen in the Taj hotel were killed. Officials cited “elements in Pakistan” as responsible for the carnage, and much of the focus is on a group called Lashkar-e-Taiba.
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