Britain sends emergency team to Mumbai

Other News Materials 27 November 2008 16:07 (UTC +04:00)

The British government said Thursday it had despatched a civilian rapid deployment team to India to help British representatives there deal with the emergency situation in Mumbai, reported dpa.

The Foreign Office repeated its travel warning to India, saying that only essential travel should be undertaken. It urged British nationals in Mumbai to stay indoors.

The emergency expert team includes two Red Cross officials, it said.

Seven British citizens had been injured in the attacks in Mumbai, Britain's High Commissioner in India said earlier Thursday. Reports of one Briton being killed have not been confirmed.

"We have visited most of the central hospitals where those injured have been taken and have met seven British victims who are in hospital at the moment and we understand there is likely to be some other injured of British nationality," Richard Stagg told the BBC.

He did not give details of the injuries sustained. Stagg said the nationality of the hostages being held in the city was unknown though some were "foreign."