First Person

‘They Were Very Young, Like Boys Really’

Witnesses in Mumbai said the attackers targeted Britons and Americans. “They were very young, like boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts,” said Rakesh Patel, a British guest at the Taj, told Indian TV. “They said they wanted anyone with British and American passports and then they took us up the stairs. I think they wanted to take us to the roof.” Patel managed to escape with another hostage, he said. At the nearby Leopold Café, which is popular with foreigners, “the walls were left pocked with bullet marks and the floors streaked with blood,” The Times of London reports. “They shot indiscriminately,” Australian tourist Paul Stanley said.