Terror strikes Oberoi-Trident: Sequence of events

November 28, 2008

oberoi-tridentMumbai’s posh five star luxury hotels Oberoi-Trident is one of the places that has been under the attack of the terrorists for more than thirty-five hours. Here are the set of events in the Oberoi-Trident hotel since Wednesday night.

On November 27, at around 9:35 pm, Oberoi-Trident hotel came under attack when terrorists stormed the hotel.

Till mid night, unknown number of people still trapped inside the hotel. Sources initially confirmed gunmen inside but were not sure about the numbers. The operation to flush out terrorists continued till November 28 morning.

The GOC said there are about 12 terrorists holed up in three places — about two-three persons at Nariman House, five to six at the Taj hotel and the rest at Oberoi-Trident hotel.

Elite commandoes of the topline security forces from army, navy, NSG and Rapid Action Force got involved in the raging encounter with unspecified number of heavily-armed terrorists in Oberoi-Trident hotel. Throughout the day, grenade explosions set various floors.

Two hotel staff and one security guard were confirmed dead.

Army was rushed in five columns from adjoining areas to beef up its strength, ahead of a final effort to rid Oberoi-Trident in from the grip of extremely trained terrorists. About 200 people have been trapped and terrorists exploded grenades that set the roof ablaze amid exchange of gunfire.

Two units of MARCOS withdrawn from the Taj and Oberoi-Trident hotels after the National Security Guard (NSG) arrived in Mumbai. They were re-deployed to participate in the final assault following after NSG’s request.

Two marine commandos and 14 Army troops were injured in the operation at both Taj and Oberoi Oberoi-Trident hotels.

NSG commandos launched an operation to flush out terrorists and soon fire was seen emanating from the fourth floor of Oberoi-Trident hotel. The fire engulfed several rooms and reportedly broke out in the hotel.

Security agencies captured an LeT activist Abu Ismail alive. They find out that he hails from Faridkot in Pakistan.

On November 28, during midnight, Director General of National Security Guard (NSG) J K Dutt said two terrorists are holed up in the 8th floor of the Oberoi hotel while in the Trident section the combing operation has been completed. Dutt said we do not have any report of any terrorist being holed up in Trident.

A minor explosion took place at the Trident hotel where about 100 people were believed to be trapped inside. The security forces began evacuating Trident hotel.


Terror hits Mumbai again

November 27, 2008

t1widemumbaidaylightapIn a brazen series of coordinated attacks, gunmen struck 10 sites Wednesday night across India’s financial hub, killing scores of people and taking hostages in two luxury hotels frequented by Westerners, officials said.

Mumbai police spokesman Satish Katsa put the death toll at 87 and another 185 wounded, with nine of the attackers killed.

More than six hours after the attacks, fighting was still reported in the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Hotel Oberoi and Colaba Market, site of a number of restaurants, he said.

Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra state, where Mumbai is located, told reporters that a total of 10 locations were attacked, including a railroad station.

A Mumbai police spokesman, Satish Katsa, said gunmen took over the Taj Mahal Hotel and Hotel Oberoi, and were holding guests hostage on multiple floors

Another hostage situation was occurring at Cama Hospital for women and children, CNN sister station CNN-IBN reported.

Bhushan Gagrani, a spokesman for Maharashtra, said no one had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

But several Indian news outlets reported receiving e-mails from a group calling itself the Deccan Mujahedeen that took responsibility for the attacks. CNN was not able to verify the reports.

Gagrani said nine suspects were arrested and three people were detained for questioning.

Source: CNN