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PM condemns Mumbai terror attacks

PM condemns Mumbai terror attacks

He assured all cooperation and help to the Maharashtra state government.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday condemned the serial terrorist attacks in India's financial capital Mumbai that left at least 78 people dead and over 200 injured.

Manmohan Singh assured all cooperation and help to the Maharashtra state government.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) told IANS that the army and National Security Guard (NSG) commandos have been dispatched to the city to bring the sense of security back to the metropolis.

"Five columns of the army, NSG as well as navy commandos were rushed to Mumbai immediately after the attacks," the source said.

The PMO sources said air surveillance has been increased in all over India and vital installations have been put on high alert following the series of what appeared to be planned and synchronised attacks in the heart of Mumbai around midnight Wednesday.

The cabinet scheduled to meet here Thursday will take a review of the situation in Mumbai.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil said it was part of "a big conspiracy" against India.

He said 200 commandos were rushed to the city that was reeling under panic and has been a target of terror attacks in recent years.

Patil said five terrorists entered the five-star Taj Mahal Hotel and kept explosives in vehicles there.

He said two terrorists were gunned down and two others were arrested following the attacks.

Their identity, he said, was being there ascertained.

"We are taking all precaution. No judgements at this time," the home minister said.

"I will reach there as soon as possible," Patil said.

first published:November 27, 2008, 03:15 IST