Fresh firing erupted early this morning in Taj hotel in Mumbai as commandos moved in to flush out terrorists holding some foreigners hostage, reported the Times of India published from Mumbai. Fire and smoke was seen billowing from the hotel as firemen struggled hard to rescue about 100 people still trapped inside, it added.
The police have requested that reporters and tweeters do not discuss their movements, because they are concerned that the terrorists in the Taj and Oberoi Hotels are watching television to monitor the situation, reports the New York Times. IBN, an Indian broadcaster, reports that commando operations are taking place, but they cannot show images of the operation.
The terrorists were looking for Americans and Britons, reported The Times of India in a separate report quoting a British national who managed to escape.
Twitter is streaming Mumbai tweets on a constantly updating RSS feed.
Sky News has a video interview with British businessman Colin Tungate who says a Japanese tourist was shot by the terrorists who entered the lift they were in in Oberoi’s Trident hotel.
The Times of India reported:
Alex Chamberlain, a Briton who works for the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mumbai, was in a restaurant at the Oberoi hotel when the terrorists stormed the building. He and a group of people rushed into the kitchen, Chamberlain told Sky News, adding that one of
the waiters was shot in the arm.
“They were talking about Britons and Americans specifically. They shot people completely unnecessarily,” he said.
The group of about 30 to 40 people were then “marched up like sheep” by a “young guy with a sub-machine gun, who was about 22-23″.
The gunman then told people to stop and asked them to put their hands up. The attacker asked if any of the people were British or Americans.
Chamberlain said: “My Indian friend told me ‘don’t be a hero’ and tell him you’re Italian and that kind of stuff’.”
Chamberlain said he got to about the 18th floor of the hotel and there was a gunman below them, and there were gunshots above and smoke everywhere.
The Briton and another person managed to sneak out of a fire door “without the gunman seeing us”, where they stayed for about 15 minutes.