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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Mumbai attacks: London bombings actor 'sprayed with blood'

Indian army soldiers take positions near the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008. Black-clad Indian commandoes raided two luxury hotels to try to free hostages Thursday, and explosions and gunshots shook India's financial capital a day after suspected Muslim militants killed people. Backdrop is of the Air India building. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
A still taken from Indian TV of an armed man at the Chhatrapati Sivaji railway station in Mumbai
People seek cover at the front of a hotel in Mumbai, India in this image made from television, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Gunmen targeted luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in at least seven attacks in India's financial capital Wednesday, wounding 25 people, police and witnesses said. A.N Roy police commissioner of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, said several people had been wounded in the attacks and police were battling the gunmen. "The terrorists have used automatic weapons and in some places grenades have been lobbed," said Roy. Gunmen opened fire on two of the city's best known Luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi. They also attacked the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station in southern Mumbai and Leopold's restaurant, a Mumbai landmark. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the attacks. (AP Photo/STAR NEWS) ** INDIA OUT TV OUT **

A British actor, who played a terrorist in a drama about the London bombings of 7 July on the television channel Five, described last night how he had nearly been killed by terrorists in Mumbai.

Joey Jeetun, 31, from London, was at Leopold's cafe, the popular backpackers' haunt behind the Taj Mahal Hotel, when gunmen opened fire. Sitting at the back of the room, he was sprayed with the blood of the people hit by gunfire.

"Some guy just literally shoved me to the floor and told me to stay down," he told Sky News. "All I heard was a sound like a lightbulb exploding. Then I could hear people shouting and screaming. Straight after there was blood everywhere. Then I could see my friend had been shot in the leg. Everyone else got shot in the head. Everyone around me was shot."

Mr Jeetun played the role of Shahzad Tanweer, one of the four July bombers, in 7/7: Attack On London, broadcast in 2005.

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