More details are emerging from the Mumbai attack including the loss of a key member in India’s fight against terror:
Three top police officials, including Mumbai Police Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, were among the nine police officers killed as security forces took on terrorists in Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday, authorities said.Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, Mumbai Police ‘encounter specialist’ Vijay Salaskar were also killed in separate gun battles following a series of attacks in India’s financial capital, the officials said.
Karkare’s loss will be a big blow for the ATS. More emerging as the events unfold.
CNN has breaking news this afternoon about attacks in India:
(CNN) — Several people have been killed in a series of coordinated attacks targeting sites popular with tourists and business people, according to police and CNN’s sister network in India.
Ongoing battles between police and gunmen were reported at two five-star hotels by CNN-IBN.
Gunmen armed with automatic weapons and grenades attacked targets including the hotels, a cafe, and a train station, police say.
Police confirmed two deaths but IBN said at least 18 people were killed in the coordinated strikes, according to IBN.
The attacks included five shootouts and two grenade attacks, said a police officer who answered Mumbai’s police control room line.
IBN reported an ongoing battle at the five-star Oberoi Hotel where gunmen have reportedly taken hostages after searching out people with U.S. or British passports.
On the CNN.com Live Video stream, they are reporting that the terrorists were targeting Americans. They are now listing as many as 45 dead.
The timing of this attack on a holiday could not be coincidence. More as this story develops.