Australian PM concerned about nationals in Mumbai

November 28th, 2008 - 11:55 am ICT by IANS  

Canberra, Nov 28 (Xinhua) Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Friday his government was gearing up for another “very difficult” day amid the terror attacks in India, with concerns that Australians are still held hostage. “This terrorist incident is still unfolding in parts of Mumbai and therefore we are getting ready for a very difficult day ahead,” Rudd told the Nine Network Friday morning.

Rudd said he had spoken to the Australian high commissioner in Mumbai and understood that the situation was “still tense on the ground”.

“Our authorities on the ground together with our authorities elsewhere are doing everything physically possible to assist people in difficult circumstances,” he said.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has confirmed that up to 26 Australians are believed to be trapped in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal and Oberoi Trident hotels that were attacked by armed Islamic militants Wednesday night.

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