Scots may be caught in Mumbai atrocities

By Zab Mustefa

Scottish employees may be caught up in the terrorist events in Mumbai according to Alex Salmond. Mr Salmond was speaking at First Minister’s Questions and condemned the attacks but said there isn’t full confirmation yet.

So far, one Briton has also been killed and seven injured in the attacks according to the Press Association although Gordon Brown has said that it is too early to speculate.

Mr Salmond said: “I know the chamber will appreciate that regardless of the nationality of those caught up in the atrocity, there will almost certainly be Scottish families with close connections with the area.”

In recent events, a fire has broken out at the Taj Mahal Hotel following a large explosion. People have been escaping out of windows but many are still trapped in their rooms or too frightened to come out.

This follows the recent gunfire between the hostage takers and Indian security officials.

Gordon Brown has echoed the concerns of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for uniting against terrorists.

“The whole world is shocked and outraged at these events,” he said. “Our responsibility is to help the Indian Government. We will try to give what support we can.”

So far, 104 people have been killed and over 300 injured in a series of attacks across the capital. Targets included a busy train station, two luxury hotels and a popular restaurant.

The Foreign Office has advised people not to travel to India for the time being.

Hostages are still being held in the Oberoi Trident hotel. Indian forces are still involved in a fierce gun battle with gunmen.

A Jewish centre also came under grenade fire and a rabbi and his family are being held hostage.

The attacks started last night and a previously unheard of group, Deccan Mujahedeen, claimed responsibility on an Indian television channel.

Intelligence forces around the world are still trying to confirm if this small group has links with Al Qaeda or is solely based in India.

The situation remains unclear as some hotel guests are still barricaded in their rooms.

Funerals for some of the victims killed are already being held.
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