Many Israelites among Hostages in Mumbai: Indian IBN TV Channel

Israel Materials 27 November 2008 13:56 (UTC +04:00)

Terrorists seize Chabad offices in Indian city, reportedly hold six Israelis hostage. Ultra-Orthodox organization officials say emissary, his wife unconscious. Local commando unit reports one gunman killed, four remain in building. Rabbi's son, nanny seen leaving place safely. At least 10 sites attacked overnight; 101 people killed, 314 injured, Ynet reported.

The deputy chief minister of India's Maharashtra state said there could be between 100 and 200 guests and workers trapped in the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, with 10-12 militants also inside, IBN TV Channel reported.

Battles for the release of hostages were reportedly being held also in a women and children's hospital in southern Mumbai.

So far, dozens of people have reportedly been killed in the combined terror attack, including 12 Indian police officers and Hemant Karkare, the chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in Mumbai. Police said they had shot dead four gunmen and arrested nine suspects.

The Foreign Ministry announced that the situation room in Jerusalem and the Israeli consul general's command in Mumbai are making efforts to contact Israelis staying in the city. It is still not clear how many Israelis are being held hostage. The Foreign Ministry ordered the consulate in Mumbai be reinforced and guards from the embassy in New Delhi have been deployed to Mumbai.