Witness: Mumbai terrorists targeted Westerners

November 26, 2008 1:06:11 PM PST
An eyewitness says gunmen who carrying out a series of attacks in Mumbai, India, appear to have been targeting British and U.S. nationals and may be holding hostages. The motive for the attacks was not immediately clear, but the city has frequently been targeted in terror attacks blamed on Muslim militants.

Teams of gunmen stormed two of the city's best known luxury hotels and a landmark restaurant. A British restaurant-goer at one of the hotels told Sky News television that the attackers were singling out Britons and Americans.

Alex Chamberlain says one young gunman ushered 30 or 40 people from the restaurant into a stairway and ordered everyone to put up their hands. The gunman then asked one man where he was from, and when he said "Italy," the gunman said "fine."

Chamberlain managed to slip away from the group as they were forced to walk up the stairs, but says most were still being kept hostage.

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