Nov 27, 2008

India - Train services resumed at Mumbai's CST station

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) Trains resumed plying normally early Thursday at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), nearly six hours after it was closed following a series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The Mumbai Patna Express train left at around 4 a.m. from the railway station, which was besieged after suspected terrorist launched yet another series of planned and synchronised attacks in the heart of India's financial capital around midnight Wednesday, officials said.

Among the seven terror targets was the CST, formerly known the Victoria Terminus - one of the city's two busiest railway stations that is a World Heritage site.

It was closed for operations for all local and outstation trains following the attacks that left as many as 80 people dead and 250 injured.

Police officials said suspected terrorists opened fire at police and paramilitary forces outside the Hotel Taj Intercontinental in south Mumbai between 10.15 p.m. and 10.30 p.m.

Minutes later another group of suspected terrorists opened indiscriminate firing near the railway station, the headquarters of the Central Railway, which remains crowded almost throughout the day.

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