India’s stock markets shut due to attacks

MUMBAI, November 27, 2008 (AFP) – India’s stocks and commodity exchanges will be closed on Thursday due to the coordinated attacks by gunmen across India’s commercial capital Mumbai, a spokesman said.

“Considering the prevailing abnormal situation and the government’s advice” for people to remain indoors, “it has been decided to keep the markets closed for the day,” a spokesman for the Mumbai stock exchange said.

Officials said it was not certain if the markets would reopen on Friday.

The streets in south Mumbai’s commercial district were largely deserted Thursday morning, with most offices closed.