In co-ordinated attacks, gunmen have opened fire at a number of sites in Mumbai frequented by Foreigners. Death toll confirmed at minimum of 78, with hundreds injured. Foreigners scramble for refuge.
The BBC was one of the first to report that gunmen have opened fire at a number of sites in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), killing at least 78 people and injuring about 200 more.
The Times of India are reporting the injured as being closer to 900.
At least seven sites across the City of Mumbai were targeted.
Most of the attacks have been blamed on Muslim militants, although police have also arrested suspected Hindu extremists.
A train station, two five start hotels, hospitals and restaurants frequented by tourists took the highest casualties.
A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the shootings, local media say.
The BBC report goes on to report;Commandos have surrounded two hotels, the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi, where gunmen are reported to be holding dozens of hostages, including foreigners. A fire is said to be spreading through the Taj Mahal hotel. A witness told local television that the gunmen were looking for people with British or US passports.
The head of Mumbai's anti-terrorism unit is among those killed, according to local TV. At least two blasts, suspected to be grenade attacks, have been reported. The US has condemned the attacks and said it was seeking more information. Police said the gunmen had fired indiscriminately.
There are emerging reports that the gunmen may have taken hostages.
In a disturbing statement, Mumbai Police accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of planning the attacks, which they said were carried out by an Islamist militant group, Lashkar-e-Toiba.
The Times of India further reports that at least 40 people with British Passports have been taken hostage.
St George's Hospital and G T Hospital were said to have received 75 bodies and more than 250 injured people, additional municipal commissioner R A Rajeev said. Bombay Hospital got two bodies and 30 injured people were admitted there; Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, got three dismembered bodies.
Three of the deaths occurred inside the Taj and one G T Hospital attendant died in a shootout inside the hospital. There were reports of people cowering under tables and chairs at both the Taj as well as G T Hospital.
Fox News has included a report that the FBI is expecting similar attacks on NYC Subways over the Holiday Season.
More to follow.
UPDATE: Top Indian Police Killed.TAJ Hotel Under Siege, guests cower:
UPDATE: Indian Troops Storm Luxury Hotels.