Government gives toll: 101 killed, 287 injuredNovember 27th, 2008 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The government Thursday put the death toll in the ongoing terror siege in Mumbai at 101, including 81 civilians, 14 security personnel and six foreigners while five terrorists have been shot dead. At least 287 people were injured, an official said. “101 people have been killed and over 287 injured in the terror attack on Mumbai. Of those injured, seven are foreigners and 25 security personnel,” Special Secretary, Internal security M.L. Kumawat told reporters here.
The security personnel who died in the operation included two officials of Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, one inspector, two assistant sub inspector and six constables.
“About 200 NSG (National Security Guard) commandoes have been pressed in to take on the terrorists, who are still holding about 20-30 people hostage at Trident Oberoi. We have rescued over 400 people from both the hotels,” Kumawat said.
He said an unknown group Deccan Mujahideen has sent an e-mail to a TV channel seeking responsibility for the attack, but right now “we have no details about the identity of the group”.
“According to our inputs, the terrorists came from the sea route and we have recovered a boat from the Sasson dock,” Kumawat said.
Describing the ongoing operation by NSG commandoes, Kumawat said: “The security personnel have sanitised the area from the eighth floor to 21st floor at Trident Oberoi and till fourth floor in Taj Palace Hotel.”
Meanwhile security around hotels, multiplexes, railway station and other public places across the country has been beefed up following the attack.