November 27, 2008 / 3:40 PM / in 9 years

Two Canadians wounded in Mumbai attacks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Two Canadians, apparently in India for a meditation program, are among the more than 300 people wounded in the attacks in Mumbai, officials said on Thursday.

<p>Firefighters try to douse a fire at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai November 27, 2008. Indian commandos freed hostages from Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel on Thursday but battled on with gun-toting Islamist militants who launched an audacious attack across India's financial capital, killing more than 100 people. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe</p>

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said officials are still collecting information on the status of other Canadians in the city, and he did not give any details on the identity of the two wounded or their condition.

The U.S.-based Synchronicity Foundation said two Canadians and two Americans, who were participating in one of its spiritual meditation programs, suffered gunshot wounds during the attack at the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai.

Two other Americans who were part of the 25-member group of foreigners were unaccounted for and feared killed in the gunfire in the hotel’s restaurant, the group said in a statement posted on its website.

A spokesman for the Synchronicity Foundation was not available for comment, but the group’s statement said the wounded were expected to survive.

Indian police have said that 119 people were killed and 315 wounded when armed militants fanned out across Mumbai, India’s financial capital, on Wednesday in a series of co-ordinated attacks. They struck at sites that are popular with tourists and business people, including the Oberoi and another luxury hotel.

There are no reports of Canadians among the dead.

Cannon, who read a short statement, did not address media reports that six Canadians at the hotels were unaccounted for.

Canada has condemned the attacks and pledged to work with Indian authorities.

“We join with the entire world in expressing our outrage against this kind of unforgivable hatred, brutality and violence,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament.

Ottawa has issued a travel advisory warning citizens not to travel to Mumbai.

Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson

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