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Taj Hotel on fire after terror strike

November 26, 2008
Gunbattles raged between terrorists and commandoes, and fresh explosions on Thursday rocked the luxurious Taj Hotel -- after a night of terror targeting ten places in the country's financial capital killed over 100 people and injured over 300.

Raging fire and plumes of black smoke were seen billowing from the central dome of the century-old heritage Taj hotel opposite the Gateway of India on Thursday morning as firemen struggled to douse them. A guest stranded in one of the rooms said two explosions shook the building.

Captain Vijay Raichand, who managed to escape from Taj Hotel, said, "Around 9:40 pm, I heard shots of gun firing which was coming nearer, we could also see some injured from the window. Once fire broke out in the hotel, it was scary since smoke started coming from a vent. We could not break the glass as it was tough and we panicked."

Video: Satish Bodas

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