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Filipino hurt in Mumbai attack--DFA

4 others evacuated to safety First Posted 13:49:00 11/27/2008

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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2) A Filipino, who was visiting Mumbai in India on business, sustained minor injuries during the attack on Oberoi, one of the hotels seized by terrorists there, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

DFA spokesman Claro Cristobal said the Filipino was one of five confirmed to have been affected by the terrorist attacks in India?s main financial district late Wednesday night.

Cristobal said the other two, who worked at the Tiffen Restaurant of the Oberoi Hotel, have been evacuated to safety. Their wives, who are also Filipinos, are safe and billeted in another hotel, he added.

Cristobal said he could not release the names of the five Filipinos until their families here have been informed.

He said the Philippine embassy in New Delhi and the honorary consulate general in Mumbai have maintained contact with the five Filipinos and would be provided assistance as needed.

In an interview from overseas with INQUIRER.net, Maria Bugarin, deputy chief of mission at the embassy, said there were about 90 Filipinos registered with the consulate general covering the states of Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos had said that no Filipinos were victims of the attacks.

Bugarin said that aside from the local police, the information the embassy received was from the Filipino community in the Greater Mumbai area whose members number between 30 and 35. She said most of the Filipinos there were married to Indian nationals.

"The information is from their colleagues as well," she said.

"We are closely in touch with them through their mobile phones," she added.

The embassy also said the flights to Mumbai have been cancelled due to the terror attacks.

Bugarin advised all Filipinos in India to be more careful and to provide any information about other Filipinos who might have fallen victim during the attacks.

She said the local police could not confirm the nationalities of the foreigners who were killed.

Cristobal said there were about 520 Filipinos in the entire India.


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