We’re live from Mumbai today, where The Washington Post is participating in the newsgathering effort to report on the attacks that left 164 people dead including foreign journalists. Here are five facts you should know about the terrorist attack:
1. The attacks started at about 7:30 p.m. local time, Saturday, when terrorists bombed two places, restaurant Leopold Café and the Trident hotel, which was crowded with foreigners and business executives. The attacks ended early Sunday morning when all of the attackers were dead. In total, six attackers died.
2. The terrorists wore suicide vests. Five terrorists and the policeman they killed had vests made of gelatin and ammonium nitrate. The terrorists used grenades, AK-47s and bombs made from fireworks.
3. Investigators have yet to find the explosives used and will examine the enormous volume of rubble to try to identify them.
4. Hostages held in the Holiday Inn that was the target of the attacks included foreigners and victims of Tuesday’s blasts.
5. The attacks are reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. Like terrorists in New York City, those who committed the Mumbai attacks also targeted hotels and restaurants popular with westerners.