The attacks began in south Mumbai around 9:30 as the business district wound up for the day, and hotels and restaurants were filled with guests - a sharp contrast to the serial blast in local trains in July 2006, as targeted passengers during rush hour commuting hours of work.

Terrorists sprayed bullets from automatic weapons and hurled grenades at several nearly simultaneous strikes on more than a dozen spots around the city, including five-star Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, Victoria Terminus, vile parle, Santa Cruz, Worli and Leopold Cafe in Colaba.

A little known Equipment ~ "Deccan Mujahideen" ~ claimed reponsibility for the attack.