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Mumbai Port grinds to a halt following city violence

Mumbai Port grinds to a halt following city violence

Mumbai: The city wide curfew imposed by Mumbai's police following the terrorist attacks yesterday has brought activity at Mumbai Port Trust to a standstill. "Very few members of staff have been able to make it into the office today and we are not able to do anything at the port," an employee at the Mumbai Port Trust office told Seatrade Asia Online. "The chairman and heads of department are all in a meeting to discuss what must be done about the situation. We will probably issue a statement to the press later today."

Although a spokesperson for neighbouring Jawaharlal Nehru port refused to comment on activity at the port, he did confirm that there was only a skeletal staff at the office and that the board was in a meeting regarding port activity.

A terrorist group called Deccan Mujahideen has taken credit for the violent attacks across Mumbai city yesterday that have left over 300 injured and 80 dead. The attacks particularly targeted British and American visitors to India's financial capital, and gunmen at the city's Oberoi Trident hotel are currently holding about 15 foreigners hostage.  A similar hostage situation was resolved at the Taj Mahal Hotel (pictured) this morning by the army, and local papers have reported rumours of gun shot victims being admitted to nearby hospitals.  [27/11/08]