More than a 100 people have been killed and over 250 injured in terror attacks in Bombay...at least 11 places have been targetted and a gun and grenade battle is still on between security forces and terrorists.
Both at the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Trident...terrorists continue to hold hostages..its not clear how many hostages are held up.
But R.K. Hooda, the army chief in Bombay, told mediapersons that he is optimistic of a positive outcome to this episode but he cannot give a definite time.
India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is currently in an emergency cabinet meeting.
But official government statements suggest this to be an international conspiracy having local recruits, even involvement of Bombay's underworld.
A yellow inflatable boat has been found by police which clearly implies that the men who entered Bombay under the cover of darkness were men trained to kill and not just religious fanatics. The boat is even painted black for camoflage, something only commandos do.
A few photographs of the terrorists are also being shown on television taken from CCTVs at the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station.
The terrorists look young..just 20 to 25..and educated..and carry AK 47s. One wears glasses.
The Home Ministry first said no deal will be struck with the terrorists but some media reports suggest that attempts are on to talk with the terrorists who have taken the hostages.
9 suspected terrorists have been arrested and five terrorists killed. One arrested suspected terrorists has allegedly confessed the involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiyba.
Pakistan's foreign minister has condemned the incident and called for a hotline between India and Pakistan intelligence chiefs.
An expected 20 terrorists hold hostages in the two hotels.
The operation is underway at both hotels.