Thursday, November 27, 2008

INDIA: Mayhem in Mumbai ...

To get a sense of what is happening in Mumbai, listen to this interview from Radio National with Australian Bernard Carpenter. Mr Carpenter said he first heard something was wrong when he heard about shooting in a popular restaurant near where he was staying. He visited the restaurant soon afterwards and found blood everywhere. Around 9 sites have been taken over, including the domestic airport and 2 hospitals (where many victims were being treated). Also targetted were a number of luxury hotels and a large and busy railway station. British and American passport holders were being held hostage. Gunmen were stopping tourists and asking for their passports and/or demanding they disclose their nationality.

Perhaps the most chilling words in all this was Mr Carpenter's reason for not leaving his hotel room.

I look as American and English as I do Australian.
Mr Carpenter didn't want to speculate who was behind this. Mumbai was a city of many different ethnic and religious groups, a city of some 90 million people.

In terms of international TV coverage, I'd recommend al-Jazeera English. I've been watching it on and off throughout the day.

Words © 2008 Irfan Yusuf

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