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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2008, 10:25:14 »
B.C. family mourns relative's death in Mumbai
Updated Thu. Nov. 27 2008 8:01 AM ET

CTV.ca News Staff

A B.C. family is mourning the death of a relative killed in yesterday's terrorist strikes in Mumbai, India.

Jasmine Bhurji, who has relatives in Surrey, B.C., was gunned down at a hotel where she worked as a manager. The news has devastated her family, who learned of the death from her brother in India.

Her aunt, Satinder Bhui, told CTV British Columbia that she can't believe her 21-year-old niece is dead. "We are a very close-knit family," she said.

"She must have been in pain."

Her husband, Nirbhye Bhui, told CTV's Canada AM on Thursday his daughter was extremely close to her cousin.

"They were exchanging emails almost regularly," he said, adding that family gatherings will never be the same without his niece.

"She would enliven the atmosphere wherever she was," he said.

Her family said they've been told she was one of the first ones shot by gunmen who stormed locations throughout India, including luxury hotels and a train station. At least 100 people were killed and more than 300 injured.

The Mumbai attacks have shocked Indo-Canadian communities across the country.

Hundreds of people gathered at a Toronto-area Hindu temple last night to watch for updates about the attacks and pray.

"As a Hindu, it hurts, my heart bleeds," Amar Erry, president of the Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham, Ont., told CTV Toronto.

For some, emotions of pain were mixed with feelings of anger.

"It's really disgusting to know what's going, and it's a really cowardly act on innocent people," he said. (Erry said?

"Everybody is concerned and everyone is quite angry and disgusted about this."

Canada's foreign affairs minister called the attacks "cowardly" and "savage."

"Canada strongly condemns the savage terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which have left hundreds of innocent civilians injured or killed," Lawrence Cannon said in a press release.

"These cowardly attacks are truly appalling."

Anyone concerned about relatives who may be in Mumbai may call the Foreign Affairs hotline at 1-613-996-8885. The hotline number outside Canada is 1-800-387-3124.

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2008, 10:51:04 »
Canadians among hostages in Mumbai: report
Last Updated: Thursday, November 27, 2008 | 8:39 AM ET
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A police officer stands guard after shootings at a railway station in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Reuters)

Canadians were reportedly among the hostages being held in Mumbai following the series of attacks at a number of targets across India's financial capital that have left more than 100 people dead.

Deputy Home Secretary Bitin Srimali told the Associated Press Thursday that among the foreigners held captive were Americans, Britons, Italians, Swedes, Canadians, Yemenis, New Zealanders, Spaniards, Turks, a Singaporean and Israelis.

So far, Canada's Foreign Affairs Department and the High Commission in New Delhi have not confirmed that Canadians were among the hostages.

If Canadians are looking for information on relatives in Mumbai, they can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1-613-996-8885 from inside Canada or 1-800-387-3124 from other countries.

Meanwhile, some hostages have been rescued from Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, one of two luxury hotels stormed by gunmen in the attacks.

"People who were held up there, they have all been rescued," Maharashtra state police Chief A.N. Roy told the NDTV news channel. "But there are guests in the rooms, we don't know how many."

Commandos garbed in black rushed the Taj Mahal early Thursday as the sound of gunshots reverberated through the area.

It was unclear if all hostages had been freed from the hotel. Gunfire and explosions could be heard from inside the building. Flames were also spotted billowing outside a window.


A gunman is seen with a rifle outside the Chatrapati Shivaj Terminal railway station in Mumbai. (Maharahstra Times/Associated Press)

More than 100 people were reportedly still trapped inside their rooms. Ambulances were seen driving up to the entrance of the hotel, and journalists were made to move even farther back from the area.

Soldiers outside the hotel said Indian security forces have been moving slowly, from room to room, looking for gunmen and booby traps. In the afternoon, bodies and hostages were taken out of the building.

At the nearby Trident/Oberoi Hotel, at least 20 to 30 people were still apparently being held hostage, according to a senior India Home Ministry official.

M.L. Kumawat, special secretary for internal security at the Home Ministry, said that the 21st to the eighth floors in the Oberoi had been cleared by security agencies.

Police were later seen escorting several hostages out of the hotel.

One of the self-proclaimed gunmen earlier told India TV that seven attackers were holding hostages inside the Oberoi.

"We want all Mujahedeens held in India released, and only after that, we will release the people," a man identified as Sahadullah told India TV.

"Release all the Mujahedeens, and Muslims living in India should not be troubled."

4 militants killed, up to 9 arrested

At least 104 people were killed and 314 injured in the attacks, a senior official at the Maharashtra state Home Ministry, Pradeep Indulkar, said Thursday morning. An organization calling itself Deccan Mujahedeen claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Most of the dead were Indian nationals. Fourteen police officers, including the chief of the anti-terror squad, along with six foreigners, were also killed.

Police said they had shot dead four gunmen and arrested nine suspects.

Multiple locations across the city, including a packed train station, a popular tourist restaurant and a hospital, were targeted in a series of bloody rifle and grenade attacks.

Gunmen also laid siege to the headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch. Around 10:30 a.m., a woman, a child and an Indian cook were seen being led out of the building by police, said one witness

"The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a television address.


Sharda Janardhan Chitikar, left, is consoled by a relative as she grieves the death of her two children as she waits for their bodies outside St. Georges Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday. (Gurinder Osan/Associated Press)

'They just fired randomly'
Americans and Britons appeared to be the target of the hotel attacks, witnesses have said. Most of the people killed, however, died in the attack on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station as gunmen fired indiscriminately on waiting passengers.

One witness who watched as four young men dressed in black T-shirts and jeans and carrying rifles began shooting indiscriminately into the station's crowd trembled as he recounted the scene Thursday morning.

"They just fired randomly at people and then ran away. In seconds, people fell to the ground," Nasim Inam said between sobs, noting the attackers looked no older than 25.

"They were so young. They were young boys," said Inam. "I was standing behind. I was just behind. If they had turned around, it would have been me."

In similar attacks several kilometres away, gunmen disguised in police uniforms and driving a hijacked police van opened fire on crowds gathered around two hospitals.

"We felt the ground shake and heard the explosions," said Manish Tripathi, who escaped that attack unhurt.

"We heard a car speed up behind us. It was a police van, but the men inside were firing at us."

As the gunmen unleashed a hail of bullets into the crowd, "men were screaming that they had lost their fingers. There was blood all over," he said.

"Some were shot in the leg, some on the shoulder or hand. I feel they are still screaming."

Pakistan condemns attacks
Officials in neighbouring Pakistan also condemned the attacks and reaffirmed their disdain for the work of terrorists.


Police officers inspect a car after they shot dead two suspected gunmen in Mumbai late Wednesday night. (Associated Press)

"Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, while strongly condemning the incidents of violence in Mumbai, has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives," the Pakistani government said in a statement.

India has previously accused elements in Pakistan of supporting Islamist militants battling Indian forces in the disputed Kashmir region and of complicity in bomb attacks elsewhere in India.

Mumbai, a sprawling city of 18 million inhabitants, has been repeatedly targeted by attacks blamed on Muslim militants and underworld figures since 1993.

The most recent attacks prior to Wednesday occurred in July 2006, when a series of co-ordinated bomb blasts on commuter trains during the city's morning rush hour killed nearly 190 people and injured more than 700.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #27 on: November 27, 2008, 11:11:21 »
CANADA CONDEMNS COWARDLY ATTACKS IN MUMBAI
27 November 2008
Ottawa, Ontario


Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today:

"Canada condemns in the strongest terms the despicable and cowardly attacks in Mumbai, India. On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to express our deep and profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured by these heinous acts of violence, including many in Canada. These attacks targeted people from India and around the world. They were attacks on values we hold dear, and we share your loss.

As a fellow democracy, Canada stands firmly with the Government and people of India in your fight against terror and as you face with resolve one of the darkest times a country can ever experience. We offer our support as you work to restore order and bring to justice those responsible for these cowardly attacks against innocent people.

The Government of Canada is working closely with Indian authorities to find and assist any Canadians and their families who might be affected by these attacks. Our consular staff in Ottawa and on the ground in Mumbai are working tirelessly to this end."


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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #28 on: November 27, 2008, 11:53:43 »
My condolences for the families of those involved and my best wishes for a safe return of those being held.

May this attack put more resolve into our efforts against those who use Terror as a Wpn. (as I wrote this, asked myself how else can you use terror, feeling it is part of our emotions, using it against others though............)
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #29 on: November 27, 2008, 12:30:17 »
The response by the Mumbai city government,state and national governments has been Katrina like. Their crisis management was non existant. Lots of lessons learned here.

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2008, 12:38:12 »
The response by the Mumbai city government,state and national governments has been Katrina like. Their crisis management was non existant. Lots of lessons learned here.

Though it is still early in the analysis. There is allot to be said for " those who fail to plan, plan to fail"
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2008, 12:43:18 »
Yeah, I heard a pundit this morning say that each level of government has its own security/intelligence body with no central coordination.  If so, I imagine that will soon change.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2008, 12:50:25 »
Yeah, I heard a pundit this morning say that each level of government has its own security/intelligence body with no central coordination.  If so, I imagine that will soon change.

Someone refresh my memory here, wasn't this one of the same problems identified in the USA after 9/11?

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #33 on: November 27, 2008, 12:52:27 »
Find those responsible, then bill them and their families for absolutely EVERYTHING. The clean up, the repairs, the funerals, compensation for families, medical bills, court expenses, prison expenses. EVERYTHING. When they have been financially ruined forever, they should spend the rest of their lives in jail. Strip their family names from history. They no longer exist.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #34 on: November 27, 2008, 14:02:51 »
And the Indians suddenly respond HARD by sending troops to raid the hotels to rescue the hostages.

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MUMBAI, India – A state official says the siege has ended Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel and the last three gunmen there have been killed.

An official with the Maharashtra state home department, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said there were no further details.

A state official also said eight hostages have been freed from the Mumbai headquarters of Jewish outreach group.
At least 119 people were killed and 288 injured when suspected Islamic militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai.

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 the attacks.

About 10 to 12 gunmen remained holed up inside the hotels and a Jewish center, a top Indian general said. The remaining gunmen appeared to have been killed or captured, Maj. Gen. R.K. Hooda told New Delhi Television.

Authorities said 119 people died and 288 were injured when suspected Islamic militants — armed with assault rifles, hand grenades and explosives — launched a highly coordinated attack against 10 sites in the city Wednesday night.

Officials said eight militants were also killed.

Dozens of people were being held hostage at the hotels, as well as a nearby Jewish center, by the well-trained and heavily armed gunmen, authorities said.

While hostages trickled out of the hotels throughout the day, witnesses said many bodies remained inside and the two-day siege showed few signs of ending quickly. Several bodies were carried out of the five-star Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel.

The attackers had specifically targeted Britons and Americans inside the hotels, witnesses said.

Dozens of people were also apparently still hiding in their hotel rooms, terrified by occasional bursts of gunfire and explosions, as well as fires burning in parts of both hotels, and waiting for authorities to get them to safety.

After dusk Thursday, police brought hostages out of the Oberoi, one of the city's best-known five-star hotels.

One man, a who identified himself as a Pole but did not give his name, told reporters he had seen many bodies inside, but refused to give more details, saying he had promised police not to discuss details of the rescue operation.

The Maharashtra state home ministry said 84 people had been freed from the Oberoi — 60 of them hostages — and dozens more were still trapped inside.

Police said they were going slowly to protect the captives.

A previously unknown Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the carnage, the latest in a series of terror attacks over the past three years that have dented India's image as an industrious nation galloping toward prosperity.

Among the dead were at least four Australian and a Japanese national, according to the state home ministry. An Italian, a Briton and a German were also killed, according to their foreign ministries.

The most high-profile target was the Taj Mahal hotel, a landmark of Mumbai luxury since 1903, and a favorite watering hole of the city's elite.

Police loudspeakers declared a curfew around the hotel Thursday afternoon, and commandos ran into the building as fresh gunshots rang out from the area. Into the night, brief exchanges of gunfire and explosions could be heard coming from the building.

The attackers, dressed in black shirts and jeans, stormed into the hotel about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and opened fire indiscriminately.

Dalbir Bains, who runs a lingerie shop in Mumbai, was about to eat a steak by the hotel pool when she heard gunfire. She ran upstairs, taking refuge in the Sea Lounge restaurant with about 50 other people.

They huddled beneath tables in the dark, trying to remain silent as explosions went off.

"We were trying not to draw attention to ourselves," she said. The group managed to escape before dawn.

The gunmen also seized the Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch. Around 10:30 a.m., a woman, a child and an Indian cook were seen being led out of the building by police, said one witness.

Chabad spokesman Moni Ender in Israel said there were eight Israelis inside the house, including Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife.

Among those foreigners still held captive in all three buildings were Americans, British, Italians, Swedes, Canadians, Yemenis, New Zealanders, Spaniards, Turks, French, Israelis and a Singaporean.

At least three top Indian police officers — including the chief of the anti-terror squad — were among those killed, said Roy.

The United States and Pakistan were among the countries that condemned the attacks.

In Washington, President George W. Bush offered Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "support and assistance" as he works to restore order in the populous and growing Southwest Asian nation, according to White House press secretary Dana Perino.

The motive for the onslaught was not immediately clear, but Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, including a series of bombings in July 2006 that killed 187 people.

An Indian media report said a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks in e-mails to several media outlets. There was no way to verify that claim.

Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism specialist with the Swedish National Defense College, said there are "very strong suspicions" that the coordinated Mumbai attacks have a link to al-Qaida.

He said the fact that Britons and Americans were singled out is one indicator, along with the coordinated style of the attacks.

India's prime minister blamed "external forces."

"The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners," Singh said in address to the nation.

Indian navy spokesman Capt. Manohar Nambiar said navy officers had boarded a cargo vessel that had recently come to Mumbai from Karachi, Pakistan. Hours later, he said nothing suspicious had been found on board and the ship had been released.

Mumbai, on the western coast of India overlooking the Arabian Sea, is home to splendid Victorian architecture built during the British Raj and is one of the most populated cities in the world with some 18 million crammed into shantytowns, high rises and crumbling mansions.

Among the other places attacked was the 19th century Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station — a beautiful example of Victorian Gothic architecture — where gunmen sprayed bullets into the crowded terminal, leaving the floor splattered with blood.

"They just fired randomly at people and then ran away. In seconds, people fell to the ground," said Nasim Inam, a witness.

Other gunmen attacked Leopold's restaurant, a landmark popular with foreigners, and the police headquarters in southern Mumbai, the area where most of the attacks took place. Gunmen also attacked Cama and Albless Hospital and G.T. Hospital.

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Associated Press writers Ramola Talwar Badam, Erika Kinetz and Jenny Barchfield in Mumbai, Raphael G. Satter in London and Cristian Salazar in New York contributed to this report.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2008, 14:31:07 »
A geopoltical analysis on possible ramifications of the crisis in Mumbai:

Red Alert: Possible Geopolitical Consequences of the Mumbai Attacks  From STRATFOR (Open Access)
November 27, 2008 0434 GMT    http://www.stratfor.com/

Summary
If the Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai were carried out by Islamist militants as it appears, the Indian government will have little choice, politically speaking, but to blame them on Pakistan. That will in turn spark a crisis between the two nuclear rivals that will draw the United States into the fray.

Analysis
Militant Attacks In Mumbai and Their Consequences

At this point the situation on the ground in Mumbai remains unclear following the militant attacks of Nov. 26. But in order to understand the geopolitical significance of what is going on, it is necessary to begin looking beyond this event at what will follow. Though the situation is still in motion, the likely consequences of the attack are less murky.

We will begin by assuming that the attackers are Islamist militant groups operating in India, possibly with some level of outside support from Pakistan. We can also see quite clearly that this was a carefully planned, well-executed attack.

Given this, the Indian government has two choices. First, it can simply say that the perpetrators are a domestic group. In that case, it will be held accountable for a failure of enormous proportions in security and law enforcement. It will be charged with being unable to protect the public. On the other hand, it can link the attack to an outside power: Pakistan. In that case it can hold a nation-state responsible for the attack, and can use the crisis atmosphere to strengthen the government’s internal position by invoking nationalism. Politically this is a much preferable outcome for the Indian government, and so it is the most likely course of action. This is not to say that there are no outside powers involved — simply that, regardless of the ground truth, the Indian government will claim there were.

That, in turn, will plunge India and Pakistan into the worst crisis they have had since 2002. If the Pakistanis are understood to be responsible for the attack, then the Indians must hold them responsible, and that means they will have to take action in retaliation — otherwise, the Indian government’s domestic credibility will plunge. The shape of the crisis, then, will consist of demands that the Pakistanis take immediate steps to suppress Islamist radicals across the board, but particularly in Kashmir. New Delhi will demand that this action be immediate and public. This demand will come parallel to U.S. demands for the same actions, and threats by incoming U.S. President Barack Obama to force greater cooperation from Pakistan.

If that happens, Pakistan will find itself in a nutcracker. On the one side, the Indians will be threatening action — deliberately vague but menacing — along with the Americans. This will be even more intense if it turns out, as currently seems likely, that Americans and Europeans were being held hostage (or worse) in the two hotels that were attacked. If the attacks are traced to Pakistan, American demands will escalate well in advance of inauguration day.

There is a precedent for this. In 2002 there was an attack on the Indian parliament in Mumbai by Islamist militants linked to Pakistan. A near-nuclear confrontation took place between India and Pakistan, in which the United States brokered a stand-down in return for intensified Pakistani pressure on the Islamists. The crisis helped redefine the Pakistani position on Islamist radicals in Pakistan.

In the current iteration, the demands will be even more intense. The Indians and Americans will have a joint interest in forcing the Pakistani government to act decisively and immediately. The Pakistani government has warned that such pressure could destabilize Pakistan. The Indians will not be in a position to moderate their position, and the Americans will see the situation as an opportunity to extract major concessions. Thus the crisis will directly intersect U.S. and NATO operations in Afghanistan.

It is not clear the degree to which the Pakistani government can control the situation. But the Indians will have no choice but to be assertive, and the United States will move along the same line. Whether it is the current government in India that reacts, or one that succeeds doesn’t matter. Either way, India is under enormous pressure to respond. Therefore the events point to a serious crisis not simply between Pakistan and India, but within Pakistan as well, with the government caught between foreign powers and domestic realities. Given the circumstances, massive destabilization is possible — never a good thing with a nuclear power.

This is thinking far ahead of the curve, and is based on an assumption of the truth of something we don’t know for certain yet, which is that the attackers were Muslims and that the Pakistanis will not be able to demonstrate categorically that they weren’t involved. Since we suspect they were Muslims, and since we doubt the Pakistanis can be categorical and convincing enough to thwart Indian demands, we suspect that we will be deep into a crisis within the next few days, very shortly after the situation on the ground clarifies itself.

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
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India's National Security Guard commandos take positions from an adjoining building of Nariman Bhawan, where suspected militants have taken hostage Jewish families, at Colaba, Mumbai, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008.



Indian Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel sit on the staircase of the Air India building near The Trident Hotel in Mumbai.



An Indian soldier takes position outside Nariman House in Mumbai. India's premier said those behind coordinated attacks against Mumbai were based "outside the country" and warned "neighbours" who provide a haven to anti-India militants.
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(AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza)[/i]



A terrorist gunman walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
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Hemant Karkare, chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in Mumbai, speaks on a mobile phone at a temple in Mumbai July 17, 2007. Karkare was killed during attacks in the financial hub on November 26, 2008, Indian television channels reported.



Army personnel take position at the Gateway of India that stands in front of Taj Hotel in Mumbai November 27, 2008.
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National Security Guard (NSG) commandos carry bomb-defusing equipment near the Taj hotel in Mumbai November 27, 2008.
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An Indian army sniper climbs up scaffolding near The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai on November 27.
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Indian Central Reserve Police Force soliders patrol outside Nariman House, the scene of one of a string of coordinated attacks in Mumbai on November 27, 2008. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has condemned the attacks in Mumbai that have killed more than 100 people as "outrageous".
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2008, 17:51:15 »
Mumbai has been the focus of several islamist attacks including an attack on the rail station and the locals didnt see any improved reaction by the security forces. Basically if it hadnt happened before there wasnt a plan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Terrorists_may_have_hijacked_Porbander_fishing_boat/articleshow/3766632.cms

AHMEDABAD: A fishing trawler that went missing on November 14 may have carried the terrorists to Colaba coast to hold Mumbai hostage on Wednesday, 
police sources told TOI.

This boat - Kuber - belongs to a fisherman from Porbander, Vinod Masani, who has been detained by Porbander police for interrogation. Indian Coast Guard spotted the boat with the body of captain Amarsing Naran, 30, in it. Four crew from Navsari and Junagadh districts are still missing. The Coast Guard is also looking for another missing boat which could have been used by terrorists.

It is suspected that this trawler was captured by the terrorists on high seas to be used as their transport vehicle to reach Gateway of India from Karachi port.

Sources in Porbander confirmed that the boat was traced by a Chetak helicopter of Mumbai Coast Guard some 20 nautical miles off Porbander.

This boat had set sail for Jakhau in Kutch near India-Pakistan border for fishing on November 14. Usually these boats return from fishing within 10 days but this one did not. The fisheries department was alerted about this on November 24. Kuber, with a 118 HP marine engine, had five crew members on board. It has a maximum speed of seven to eight nautical miles per hour. The boat is 45x15x11 feet in size and costs Rs 30 lakh. It can carry up to 20 tonnes.

Porbander district headquarters' Coast Guard is interrogating Vinod Masani and his brother Hiralal, who has the power of attorney for the boat. It is also suspected that the Pakistan Marine Agency helped the terrorists hijack the trawler. The missing crew include Balwant Prabhu, 45, Mukesh Rathod, 20, and Natu Nanu, 20, of Navsari and Ramesh Nagji, 37, of Junagadh.

Porbander SP Dipankar Trivedi said, "We are in the process of interrogating some people.'' The suspicion is that terrorists used the trawler to reach Mumbai's marine borders and then used two inflatable boats to reach Colaba.

Junagadh IG I M Desai said, "We have no confirmed information, but know about a fishing boat from Porbander that was missing.''

A massive manhunt was launched off the Mumbai coast on Wednesday by Coast Guard, Navy, marine wing of Mumbai Police and Customs after it became  evident that most, if not all, of the terrorists had arrived in the city through sea route.

Coast Guard's IG (Western Region) Rajendra Singh said three helicopters, two Dorniers, three large ships, two smaller vessels were involved in the search operation.

About eight terrorists came in from the sea off Badhwar Park in Colaba in geminicraft (inflatable boat) with a 20-HP engine around 9pm on Wednesday. A police officer of the Cuffe Parade police station said fishermen near the jetty got suspicious as they deserted the boat and headed towards the road. "When the fishermen stopped them, they said, ‘ humko tension hai ’ and pointed their weapons,'' said the police officer.

Another officer of the Cuffe Parade police station said, "The fishermen told us they were about 10-12 men. They split into two groups. While one group went towards CST and other towards Colaba. The engine and chasiss number of the Yamaha motor engine used for the boat has been scrapped, so as to make it difficult to trace the place of purchase.''

A retired IPS officer said the fishermen had also called the police, but they came late. An official said boats deserted by terrorists have been found in Colaba and off Chowpatty.

Meanwhile, a merchant vessel, MV Alpha, suspected to have ferried the terrorists, was intercepted on the high seas by Navy and Coast Guard warships on Thursday evening. Though some reports said the Vietnamese-registered MV Alpha had been given the "clean chit'', a senior Naval officer told TOI the ship was still being investigated after it was boarded by naval and Coast Guard personnel on the high seas off Gujarat's coast. "A probe will take some time. The vessel's crew and manifest are being checked,'' he said.

Earlier, launching a surveillance with warships, Dornier aircraft and copters, armed forces began a hunt for "a mother ship'' which could have carried the perpetrators of the terror strikes since three inflatable Zodiac gemini boats were found abandoned at the dock near the Gateway of India.

"MV Alpha, which came to Mumbai from Saudi Arabia on November 19 and left on Wednesday night, was found to be suspicious. It had sailed around 50 nautical miles away Mumbai by 7 am on Thursday,'' said an officer.

A naval Veer-class guided missile corvette INS Vipul and a Coast Guard T-81 fast-attack craft were soon launched, along with two Dornier medium-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft, to track and intercept MV Alpha.

Simultaneously, a Leander-class frigate INS Vindhyagiri was also diverted from its routine patrol at sea to hunt for the merchant vessel. Moreover, the IAF scrambled maritime-strike Jaguar fighters from Jamnagar to patrol the region. All this activity came amid indications that the aim was to block any attempt by a "suspect'' ship to reach Pakistan.

"Ten Army columns (around 1,000 soldiers) and four units of marine commandos were deployed in and around the Taj Mahal and Trident hotels. An aerial and land surveillance at the approaches to the Mumbai harbour was also conducted, with antecedents of all vessels in and around the region being checked,'' said an official.

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An Indian commando gives relief to another at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. The well-coordinated strikes by small bands of gunmen starting Wednesday night left the city shell-shocked, but the sporadic gunfire and explosions at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels dwindled overnight, indicating the siege might be winding down.
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Indian Commandos with sniffer dogs come out of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai during operations. US administration officials Thursday anxiously monitored a terrorist seige underway in Mumbai, where attacks across the city left more than 125 dead and Islamist gunmen reportedly held foreign hostages in luxury hotels.
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An Indian military helicopter flies over the building in which suspected militants are hiding in Mumbai November 28, 2008. Gunfire erupted on Friday when commandos began an operation to free Israelis held by suspected Islamist gunmen in Mumbai, while guests were also being evacuated from a luxury hotel in India's financial heart, witnesses said.
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Indian commandos take up positions in the Colaba district of Mumbai. Indian security forces have arrested three militants, including a Pakistani national, inside a Mumbai hotel attacked by a group of gunmen, the Press Trust of India news agency reported early Friday.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2008, 01:05:38 »
The last pic is of the NSG or Black Cats commando unit.They are the best India has for this type of work. The force has about 7500 personnel. One NSG Major was killed today during the security operation. Progress is being made and hostages have been freed. I suspect the final death toll wont be known unil the weekend.

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What do you think the odds are that the perps were receiving some sort of support from elements in the ISI??  Will be very interesting to see what happens

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Indian commandos storm besieged Jewish centre; Mumbai death toll now 143

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By Ravi Nessman, The Associated PressMUMBAI, India - Commandos ended a siege of the luxury Oberoi hotel on Friday while other forces rappelled
from helicopters to storm a besieged Jewish centre, two days after a chain of militant attacks across India's financial centre left at least 143 people
dead, including one Canadian.

While explosions and gunfire continued intermittently at the elegant Taj Mahal hotel Friday afternoon, officials said commandos had killed two gunmen inside
the nearby Oberoi hotel and ended the attack there. Among those freed from the hotels were five Canadians.

"The hotel is under our control," J.K. Dutt, director general of India's elite National Security Guard commando unit, told reporters, adding that 24 bodies had
been found. Dozens of people - including a man clutching a baby - had been evacuated from Oberoi earlier Friday. The airborne assault on the centre run by
the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch was punctuated by gunshots and explosions as forces cleared it floor by floor, according to an
Associated Press reporter at the scene. By Friday afternoon, the commandos had control of the top two floors.

One camouflaged commando came out with a bandage on his forehead, while soldiers fired smoke grenades into the building and a steady stream of gunfire
reverberated across narrow alleys. It was not immediately clear if there were hostages inside.

More than 143 people were killed and 288 injured when suspected Islamic militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai starting Wednesday evening. The dead Canadian
was not identified and details about the death were not released by Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon in a statement early Friday. The victim's family had
been notified.

Cannon's office said later Friday morning that five Canadians who were "confirmed in unsafe conditions" in hotels attacked by the gunmen were now safe and
meeting with Canadian officials. It is not known whether they had been held hostage or were trapped in their rooms as police and gunmen battled. No other
details were released.

Security officials in Mumbai said their operations were almost over. "It's just a matter of a few hours that we'll be able to wrap up things," Lt. Gen. N. Thamburaj
told reporters Friday morning.

The group rescued from the Oberoi, many holding passports, included at least two Americans, a Briton, two Japanese nationals and several Indians. Some carried
luggage with Canadian flags. One man in a chef's uniform was holding a small baby. About 20 airline crew members were freed, including staff from Lufthansa and
Air France. "I'm going home, I'm going to see my wife," said Mark Abell, with a huge smile on his face after emerging from the hotel. Abell, from Britain, had locked
himself in his room during the siege.

The well-co-ordinated strikes by small bands of gunmen starting Wednesday night left the city shell-shocked. Late Thursday, after about 400 people had been brought
out of the Taj hotel, officials said it had been cleared of gunmen. But Friday morning, army commanders said that while three gunmen had been killed, two to three
more were still inside with about 15 civilians. A few hours after that, Thamburaj, the security official, said at least one gunman was still alive inside the hotel and had
cut off electricity on the floor where he was hiding. Shortly after that announcement, another round of explosions and gunfire were heard coming from the hotel.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed "external forces" for the violence - a phrase sometimes used to refer to Pakistani militants, whom Indian authorities often
blame for attacks. On Friday, India's foreign minister ratcheted up the accusations over the attacks. "According to preliminary information, some elements in Pakistan
are responsible for Mumbai terror attacks," Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in the western city of Jodhpur.

"Proof cannot be disclosed at this time," he said, adding that Pakistan had assured New Delhi it would not allow its territory to be used for attacks against India. India
has long accused Islamabad of allowing militant Muslim groups, particularly those fighting in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, to train and take shelter in
Pakistan. Mukherjee's carefully phrased comments appeared to indicate he was accusing Pakistan-based groups of staging the attack, and not Pakistan itself. Islamabad
has long denied those accusations.

Earlier Friday, Pakistan's Deafens Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, in Islamabad, denied involvement by his country: "I will say in very categoric terms that Pakistan is not
involved in these gory incidents."

The gunmen were well-prepared, apparently scouting some targets ahead of time and carrying large bags of almonds to keep up their energy. "It's obvious they were
trained somewhere ... Not everyone can handle the AK series of weapons or throw grenades like that," an unidentified member of India's Marine Commando unit told
reporters, his face wrapped in a black mask. He said the men were "very determined and remorseless."

India has been shaken repeatedly by terror attacks blamed on Muslim militants in recent years, but most were bombings striking crowded places: markets, street
corners, parks. Mumbai - one of the most populated cities in the world with some 18 million people - was hit by a series of bombings in July 2006 that killed 187 people.
These attacks were more sophisticated - and more brazen.

Analysts around the world were debating whether the gunmen could have been tied to - or inspired by - al-Qaida. A previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan
Mujahideen claimed responsibility in e-mails to several media outlets. The Deccan is a region in southern India that was traditionally ruled by Muslim kings.

Survivors of the hotel attacks said the gunmen had specifically targeted Britons and Americans, though most of the dead seemed to be Indians and whoever else was
caught in the random gunfire. One of the gunmen "stopped once and asked, 'Where are you from? Any British or American? Show your ID," Alex Chamberlain, a British
citizen dining at the Oberoi, told reporters. Among the dead were two Australians and a Japanese, said the state home ministry. An Italian, a Briton and a German were
also killed, according to their foreign ministries.
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« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2008, 09:57:25 »
India has requested the Director of ISI to come to India for consultations.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/3533075/Mumbai-attack-British-men-among-the-terrorists-Bombay-India.html

Two British-born Pakistanis were among eight gunmen seized by Indian commandos who stormed buildings to free hostages, Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Mumbai, reportedly said.

The Foreign Office earlier said it was investigating reports on NDTV, a local television news channel, that the terrorists - who swarmed luxury hotels and other tourist sites in the city - included "British citizens of Pakistani origin".

The development came as Gordon Brown called for international co-ordination to combat terrorism in the wake of the attacks. He said: "We have got to look at how international action against terrorism can be improved."

On the claim that Britons could have been among the perpetrators, he said: "I would not want to be drawn into early conclusions about this.

"Obviously when you have terrorists operating in one country, they may be getting support from another country or coming from another country, and it is very important that we strengthen the co-operation between India and Britain in dealing with these instances of terrorist attacks."

Describing events as "atrocious", the Prime Minister told Sky News: "It is clear that we have got to help the Indian government deal with this terrorist incident and we have sent people from the Metropolitan Police to help."

Mr Brown, who is to talk to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later on Friday, said he did not believe there were any further Britons among hostages.

One Briton, Andreas Liveras, the founder of a luxury yacht business who was in his 70s, has been confirmed among the dead, while at least seven are known to have been injured.

Mr Brown said: "Of course, we are mourning the death of a British citizen who has died and as the high commissioner visits hospitals in the Mumbai area, we are hoping to discover more in terms of the number of people injured."

The Prime Minister's comments came as Indian commando troops cleared the last terrorists from buildings across Mumbai.

At the Oberoi Hotel, at least 25 captives - including two Britons and another clutching a baby - were rushed out and loaded into waiting cars, buses and ambulances.

Mark Abell, a British lawyer, who on Thursday spoke to The Daily Telegraph while barricaded into his hotel room, was among those released. He said: "I'm going home, I'm going to see my wife."

He added: "These people here have been fantastic, the Indian authorities, the hotel staff. I think they are a great advertisement for their country."

Another man, who said he was British but would not give his name, said: "I didn't see anything. I just heard loud blasts. I was in my room. I didn't get out until an hour ago."

Nicole Griffen, another Briton, said she had been rescued by Indian special forces from the Taj Mahal.

She told BBC Radio 5 Live: "They entered and looked through our passports and scouted around to see if there was (anyone) harbouring terrorists or attackers.

"And then we were promptly told where to go by the central stairway and again we were asked to wait with other guests while they checked other floors and checked other rooms and we all congregated into one space where they could protect us centrally."

Heavy gunfire was heard early on Friday as commandos were dropped by helicopter on to the roof of a Jewish centre where at least 10 hostages were believed to be held.

A group calling itself Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

However, Mr Singh blamed "external forces" for the violence - a phrase sometimes used to refer to Pakistani militants, whom Indian authorities often blame for attacks.

The country's foreign minister was more explicit.

"According to preliminary information, some elements in Pakistan are responsible," Pranab Mukherjee said.
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
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Canadian killed in Mumbai attacks: Cannon
Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2008 | 9:09 AM ET CBC News

One Canadian was killed in this week's series of deadly attacks on targets in Mumbai, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon confirmed early Friday.

Canadian officials in Mumbai told CBC News that they can account for 20 Canadians who were staying at either the Trident-Oberoi luxury hotel or the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, two of the sites targeted in the attacks. Officials said that 17 of the Canadians are safe, while one died and two were injured.

The identity of the dead Canadian will not be released until relatives have been notified, Cannon said in the teleconference statement.

Cannon did not provide any details of the circumstances surrounding the death. It was not immediately clear where the person was killed.

"We are now able to confirm the tragic death of one Canadian in these attacks," Cannon said. "The family of the victim has been notified and consular officials are providing full assistance. Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the family."

The Canadian government had already confirmed that two Canadians were among those injured in the co-ordinated gun and grenade attacks, which were carried out across 10 locations beginning Wednesday evening.

Canadians looking for information on relatives in Mumbai can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1-613-996-8885 from inside Canada or 1-800-387-3124 from other countries.
Montreal voice actor Michael Rudder, a past Genie Award nominee who was visiting India with a U.S. meditation group, was one of the two Canadians wounded.

When militants stormed one of the city's hotels, he suffered three gunshot wounds, but has undergone surgery and is recovering in the critical care wing of a Mumbai hospital.

Helen Connolly of Markham, Ont., just outside Toronto, a yoga instructor, was grazed by a bullet.

On Friday, police found 24 bodies at the Trident-Oberoi luxury hotel after commandos regained control of the building, raising the death toll to more than 140 people. Earlier, at least seven foreign captives, some of whom had Canadian flags on their luggage, had emerged from the hotel.

But the battle to free hostages continued at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and a Jewish centre as security forces clashed with militants suspected of killing 143 people.

According to reports earlier Thursday, six foreigners were killed, including at least one Australian, a Japanese and a British national, said Pradeep Indulkar, a senior government official of Maharashtra state, whose capital is Mumbai. A German and an Italian were also killed, according to the foreign ministries in the two countries.

The attacks were launched on Wednesday night, as militants armed with rifles and grenades attacked the sprawling city of about 13 million people. The gunmen struck a total of 10 sites, including a packed train station, a restaurant popular with tourists, the Jewish community centre, hospitals and the two luxury hotels.

The previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility in e-mails to several media outlets.

Most of the dead were Indian nationals — many of whom died in the attack on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station as gunmen fired indiscriminately on waiting passengers.

Fourteen police officers, including the chief of the anti-terror squad, were among those killed in the attacks.

Survivors of the hotel attacks said the gunmen had specifically targeted Britons and Americans.

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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #46 on: November 28, 2008, 19:06:59 »
From the South Asian Terrorism Portal the following info:

Maharashtra Police investigators said that they have evidence that operatives of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) carried out the Fidayeen (suicide squad) attacks in Mumbai. An injured militant, identified as Ajmal Amir Kamal, was arrested during the fighting at the Taj Mahal hotel, is suspected to be a LeT cadre and a resident of Faridkot near Multan in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Reportedly two other citizens of Pakistan have also been arrested in Mumbai on November 27. All three of them, identified themselves as members of a LeT Fidayeen squad, the sources said. Based on the interrogation of the suspects, the investigators believe that one or more groups of the LeT left Karachi in a merchant ship early on November 26. On the same night, an estimated 12 terrorists left the ship in a small boat and travelled some 10 nautical miles to reach Mumbai’s Gateway of India. After reaching Gateway of India, the group split up into at least six groups, each focussing on a separate target - Mumbai’s Nariman House, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus rail station, the Cama hospital, the Girgaum seafront, and the Taj and Trident hotels.

Of course, in situations like this information is going to be confused and lots of speculation as to who is responsible. However, the fact that the Indians authorities captured some of the attackers who may be "persuaded" to prove some useful info should help to clear the air.


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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #47 on: November 28, 2008, 19:39:15 »
One of the SAT phones recovered had the LeT commanders phone number.Throw in 2 UK citizens of Pakistani origin and a circumstantial case could be made that the terrorists had external support.

The operation appears to be over. Now they will remove the bodies as they search the hotel for explosives and guests trapped in their rooms.
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Reign of violence in Mumbai ends as authorities seize hotel
5 hostages found dead at Jewish centre
Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2008 | 11:00 PM ET CBC News

Indian commandos have ended their siege of a luxury Mumbai hotel being held by gunmen, bringing an end to nearly three days of violence in India's financial capital that has left more than 150 dead.

The assault at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of two luxury hotels targeted in the Mumbai attacks, ended early Saturday morning, hours after another standoff at a Jewish centre in the city finished with the discovery of five slain hostages.

"Taj is under our control," Mumbai police chief Hasan Gafoor said, adding that the remaining gunmen in the hotel had been killed.

 Jyoti Krishna Dutt, chief of the elite National Security Guards commando force, said the militants had "set places ablaze" as they moved through the hotel battling his commandos for more than 48 hours.

He said said every room on every floor of the hotel needed to be checked.

As darkness fell on the city late Friday, gunfire and explosions were heard inside the Taj Mahal, where at least one militant was still thought to be holding two hostages more than two days after the first attacks plunged Mumbai into chaos, the CBC's Terry Milewski reported from the city.

Officials said earlier in the daythat at least nine gunmen had been killed in clashes with security forces at the Taj Mahal, but almost all guests and staff had been freed.

Meanwhile, commandos on Friday ended a similar standoff at the Jewish centre by lowering themselves from helicopters and blowing a hole in the office wall.

During the operation, the commandos killed two militants, only to discover the bodies of the hostages inside, the city's police chief confirmed.

Two of the hostages killed were identified as Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, the couple who ran the centre, said a spokesman for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Their 18-month-old son had been one of three people rescued from the centre on Thursday.

In a telephone interview with CBC News from outside the centre, freelance journalist Arun Asthhana said there are reports that some of the militants had stayed at a guest house there for up to 15 days before the attacks.

"They had a huge mass of ammunition, arms and food there," Asthhana said.

Couple 'spread love' to travellers: rabbi

The slain rabbi and his wife were emissaries who had made their home in Mumbai and set up the centre to give Jews visiting India a place to feel at home, get kosher food and reconnect with their heritage, according to friends.

"We are all crushed," said Rabbi Shalom Paltiel, a friend of the couple who serves a congregation in New York.

He said the Holtzbergs "opened their home and their hearts" to many "lost" travellers struggling with their faith, as well as a range of personal troubles.

"This guy saved lives, Paltiel told CBC News on Friday. "Him and his wife have a book of stories of people who were suicidal, people who were on drugs … who they've taken out and given their humanity back, their spirituality back.

"These are heroes in every sense of the word."

Commandos regain control of hotel
The grim discovery came just hours after commandos regained control of another five-star hotel complex, the Trident-Oberoi, where police recovered 24 bodies.

"The Oberoi Hotel and Trident are now under our control," Jyoti Krishan Dutt, director-general of the country's National Security Guards, told reporters on Friday. "Oberoi, Trident have been evacuated. We have killed two terrorists."

The announcement came after police said 93 guests had been freed from the hotel.

The death toll from the attacks could rise as security forces search each room of the hotels. The head of one commando unit said he has seen 12 to 15 bodies in one room of the Taj Mahal hotel.

In a news conference, the commando commander, who was not identified and had his face disguised by black scarf and sunglasses, told reporters that his forces at the Taj found money, ammunition and an identity card from Mauritius that they suspected belonged to the militants.

More than 400 people were brought out of the 565-room Taj Mahal hotel on Thursday, officials said, after security forces moved from room to room in the hotel, looking for gunmen and booby traps. In the afternoon, bodies and hostages were taken out of the building.

A Muslim organization calling itself Deccan Mujahedeen has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

10 sites targeted
The attacks were launched on Wednesday night, as militants armed with rifles and grenades attacked the sprawling city of about 13 million people. The gunmen struck a total of 10 sites, including a packed train station, a restaurant popular with tourists, the Jewish community centre, hospitals and the two luxury hotels.

The previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility in e-mails to several media outlets.

Most of the dead were Indian nationals — many of whom died in the attack on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station as gunmen fired indiscriminately on waiting passengers. At least 22 foreigners were reportedly killed in the attacks.

Fourteen police officers, including the chief of the anti-terror squad, were among those killed in the attacks.

Survivors of the hotel attacks said the gunmen had specifically targeted Britons and Americans.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has blamed "external forces" for the violence — a phrase sometimes used to refer to Pakistani militants, whom Indian authorities often blame for attacks.

On Friday, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said according to preliminary information, "some elements in Pakistan" were responsible.

"Proof cannot be disclosed at this time," he said, adding that Pakistan had assured New Delhi it would not allow its territory to be used for attacks against India.

As well, there were reports that the British government was investigating whether some of the attackers could be British citizens with links to Pakistan.

With files from Terry Milewski, Reuters and the Associated Press


2 Canadians killed in Mumbai attacks: Cannon
Last Updated: Friday, November 28, 2008 | 10:59 PM ET CBC News
Two Canadians were killed in this week's series of deadly attacks on targets in Mumbai, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said late Friday.


Following an early morning announcement that one Canadian had died in the attacks, Cannon issued another statement around 8 p.m. ET that said a second person was now confirmed dead.

No details were immediately available, including the person's identity.

"I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased," Cannon said in a statement. "The next of kin have been notified, and our consular officers have put themselves at their service."

A friend of the first person announced dead told CBC News his name was Michael Moss, a doctor from the Montreal area. Canadian officials have not provided any identifying information.

At least 150 people are now confirmed to have died in the attacks.

Canadian officials in Mumbai told CBC News that they can account for 20 Canadians who were staying at either the Trident-Oberoi luxury hotel or the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, two of the sites targeted in the attacks. Officials said that 17 of the Canadians are safe, while one died and two were injured.

Canadians looking for information on relatives in Mumbai can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs at 1-800-387-3124 from inside Canada or call 613-996-8885 collect from other countries.
Cannon did not provide any details of the circumstances surrounding either of the deaths, including when and where they occurred.

Attacks were carried out at 10 locations across India's financial capital — including two luxury hotels, a crowded train station, a hospital and a popular cafe — beginning Wednesday evening.

Moss was a British-trained general practitioner who immigrated to Manitoba from England more than 30 years ago, according to Dr. Ron Ludman, one of his colleagues in Montreal. He was travelling in Mumbai on vacation.

Ludman said he was told by Moss's daughter that he died in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Another colleague, Dr. David Wiegens, said Moss will be sorely missed.

"I think he'll be along with me as I'm continuing to take care of my patients, as a voice, as an independent mind, as a really dedicated physician, and as a friend," Wiegens said, adding that Moss was days away from returning from his four-week holiday.


The Canadian government had already confirmed that two Canadians were among those injured in the co-ordinated gun and grenade attacks.

Montreal voice actor Michael Rudder, a past Genie Award nominee who was visiting India with a U.S. meditation group, was one of the two Canadians wounded.

When militants stormed one of the city's hotels, he suffered three gunshot wounds, but has undergone surgery and is recovering in the critical care wing of a Mumbai hospital.

Helen Connolly of Markham, Ont., just outside Toronto, a yoga instructor, was grazed by a bullet.

Two other American members of the meditation group, Alan Scherr, 58, and his daughter, Naomi, 13, were killed in the attack, said Bobbie Garvey, spokeswoman for the Synchronicity Foundation.

'Terrifying experience'
Garvey said the group's trip to Mumbai was "like a pilgrimage," but turned into an "intense, terrifying experience" as members hid in their rooms for up to 45 hours amid stifling smoke, gunfire and grenade explosions.

"Most of them had their mattresses and their bureaus up against the door," Garvey told reporters at a news conference Friday in Faber, Va., where the foundation is based.

"They didn't know at any time if that door was going to open and it was going to be someone to save them, or it was going to be someone to take them out."

24 bodies found in luxury hotel
On Friday, police found 24 bodies at the Trident-Oberoi luxury hotel after commandos regained control of the building, raising the death toll to more than 150 people. Earlier, at least seven foreign captives, some of whom had Canadian flags on their luggage, had emerged from the hotel.


But the battle to free hostages continued at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel and a Jewish centre as security forces clashed with the militants responsible for the attacks.

According to reports earlier Thursday, six foreigners were killed, including at least one Australian, a Japanese and a British national, said Pradeep Indulkar, a senior government official of Maharashtra state, whose capital is Mumbai. A German and an Italian were also killed, according to the foreign ministries in the two countries.

The attacks were launched on Wednesday night, as militants armed with rifles and grenades attacked the sprawling city of about 13 million people. The gunmen struck a total of 10 sites, including a packed train station, a restaurant popular with tourists, the Jewish community centre, hospitals and the two luxury hotels.

The previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahedeen claimed responsibility in e-mails to several media outlets.

Most of the dead were Indian nationals — many of whom died in the attack on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station as gunmen fired indiscriminately on waiting passengers.

Fourteen police officers, including the chief of the anti-terror squad, were among those killed in the attacks.

Survivors of the hotel attacks said the gunmen had specifically targeted Britons and Americans.

With files from the Canadian Press, the Associated Press and Reuters
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Re: Mumbai rocked by series of fatal shootings
« Reply #49 on: November 29, 2008, 00:13:26 »
This man was captured and his story is below.



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SENSATIONAL ACCOUNT OF HOW THIS MAN, FIRST CAPTURED ON CAMERA BY MUMBAI MIRROR, IS NOW HELPING COPS TO CRACK THE TERROR PLOT
RAKESH PRAKASH, RAVIKIRAN DESHMUKH AND DANISH KHAN


His swaggering image as he walked around Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus dispensing death was captured by Mumbai Mirror photo editor Sebastian D' souza, and was the first glimpse of the terrorists who have held Mumbai hostage over the last 48 hours.

Now we can also tell you who this man is and how he has become the vital link for investigating agencies to crack the terror plot.
His name is Azam Amir Kasav, he is 21 years old, speaks fluent English, hails from tehsil Gipalpura in Faridkot in Pakistan, and is the only terrorist from this audacious operation to have been captured alive.

An ATS spokesperson confirmed that the man captured was indeed the one photographed by us.
On the night of Wednesday-Thursday Azam and his colleague opened fire at CST before creating havoc at Metro and then moving on to Girgaum Chowpatty in a stolen Skoda, and where they were intercepted by a team from the Gamdevi police station. Azam shot dead assistant police inspector Tukaram Umbale.

But in that encounter Azam's colleague was killed and he himself was injured in the hand. He pretended to be dead giving rise to the news that two terrorists had been killed. However as the 'bodies' were being taken to Nair Hospital, the accompanying cops figured that one of the men was breathing.

According to sources, the casualty ward of Nair hospital was evacuated and the Anti-Terror Squad moved in to interrogate him. Azam who was tight-lipped initially, cracked upon seeing the mutilated body of his colleague and pleaded with the medical staff at Nair to save his life. "I do not want to die," he reportedly said. "Please put me on saline."

Ammunition, a satellite phone and a layout plan of CST was recovered from him. According to sources the young terrorist has given the investigators vital leads including how the chief planner of the Mumbai terror plot had come to the city a month ago, took picture and filmed strategic locations and trained their group and instructed them to "kill till the last breath." Every man was given six to seven magazines with fifty bullets each, eight hand grenades per terrorist with one AK-57, an automaticloading revolver and a supply of dry fruits.

Azam reportedly disclosed that the group left Karachi in one boat and upon reaching Gujarat they hoisted a white flag on their boat and were intercepted by two officers of the coast guard near Porbandar and while they were being questioned one of the terrorists grappled with one of the officers slit his throat and threw the body in the boat. The other officer was told to help the group reach Mumbai. When they were four nautical miles away from Mumbai there were three speedboats waiting for them where the other coastguard officer was killed. All the ammo was then shifted into these three spedboats they reached Colaba jetty on Wednesday night and the ten men broke up into groups of two each. Four of these men went to the Taj Mahal hotel, two of them to the Trident hotel, two towards Nariman House at Colaba and two of which Azam was one moved to CST.
Azam, who was at Nair hospital for nearly four hours, was taken away by the intelligence agencies in the early hours of Thursday to an unknown location after the hospital authorities had removed the bullet from his hand and declared that his condition stable. But it seems the police grilling was so intense that before he left the hospital for an undisclosed location he pleaded with the police and the medical staff to kill him. "Now, I don't want to live," he said.

Azam Amir Kasav, 21, from Faridkot Pakistan, is the only terrorist so far to have been captured alive.
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