Aides to President-elect Barack Obama say he's called Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the situation in Mumbai, India, after a series of deadly terrorist strikes.
Obama and the Bush administration have condemned the coordinated attacks that have left more than 80 dead and at least 120 injured.
President Bush says the U.S. stands ready to assist the
government of India.
At the State Department, a spokesman says all Americans
officials are safe at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. He did not
address reports that Westerners may been targeted in the attacks or
were being held hostage.
A U.S. counterterrorism official says it's too soon to conclude
who was behind the attacks but that Islamic extremists would be
high on the list of suspects.
Police with loudspeakers cleared the area
around Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel, as fresh gunshots ring out from
Ambulances drove up to the entrance to the hotel and journalists
have been moved even further back from the area.
Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant,
hospitals and a crowded train station late Wednesday in coordinated
attacks across India's financial capital, killing at least 101
people. Police also says the attackers took Westerners hostage.
A group of suspected Muslim militants has claimed