Terror in Mumbai November 26, 2008Posted by neoavatara in World Politics.
Tags: Add new tag, Al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Chabad Lubavitch, George W. Bush, India, Kashmir, Mumbai, Oberoi, Pakistan, Taj, Terror, Terrorists
UPDATED 4 P.M. E.S.T. FRIDAY: Atleast 4 Americans have been confirmed killed in the attacks. Atleast one terrorist remains in the Taj, and actually was able to throw grenades into the crowds outside, injurying several. At the Chabad house, five hostages were killed, and all terrorists were eliminated. The Oberoi now appears to be totally clean.
UPDATED 3 P.M. E.S.T.: One terrorist remains in the Taj; two in the Oberoi. Several remain in the Chabad house. Talks are ongoing.
UPDATED 12 P.M. E.S.T. 11/27/2008: Terrorists are still barricaded with hostages at both the Oberoi and Taj Hotels. Commandos are moving from room to room to try to eradicate the terrorists.
UPDATED 5 A.M. EST: A large explosion was heard at the Oberoi Hotel, where army commandos are trying to free hostages.
UPDATED 1 A.M. EST: Operations appear to be under way to free the hostages at the Oberoi hotel. Reports are that up to 50 hostages are still being held at the Taj hotel. Media reports say gunmen seized the Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch overnight, and that shots have now been heard coming from the building.
UPDATED AT 11 P.M. EST: All hostages from the Taj Hotel have been freed, according to Indian police.
UPDATED AT 10 P.M. EST: Several terrorists are still held up in the Taj and Trident Hotels. Number of dead and wounded still not confirmed, but estimated at 89 dead and over 250 wounded.
UPDATED AT 7 P.M. EST: Reports are that there are some American casualties, and suspected american hostages at this time.
UPDATE AT 6 P.M. EST: Army troops have entered the Oberoi hotel. Troops had previously advanced into the Taj Hotel. Hostages are still being held at both.
UPDATE at 5:15 P.M. EST: The fire at the Taj Hotel is almost complete put out. Atleast 50 hostages at the Taj have been rescued by Indian Army commandos. Updates as they are available. Below, a police truck hijacked, with terrorist randomly firing into the crowd.
ORIGINAL REPORT: A multi-pronged terrorist attack occurred late on Wednesday night in Mumbai, India. Atleast 9 locations were attacked with bombs, grenades, and small arms fire. These sites included the train station, hospitals, a gas station, and the prestigious five star Oberoi, Taj, and Trident Hotels. Six bombs appear have to gone off at the Taj Hotel, and atleast one at the Oberoi. It appears most of the attacks were in the commercial district in the south of the city, though other sites have reports of attacks as well.
The terrorists appear to be pinpointing westerners, especially Americans and Brits. However, most of the casualties are Indian. An organization calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed it was behind attacks in India’s financial capital Mumbai that have left at least 80 people dead, television channels reported, according to Reuters. US intelligence is doubtful, and actually suspects Lashkar-e-Toiba , a well know Pakistani Kashmiri terrorist group, with now links to Al Qaeda.
Among the dead is India’s chief antiterror minister, Hemant Karkare. Additionally, numerous people are reported to be held hostage within several hotels. Active gunfights are still occurring there, as well as the train station. Reports of terrorists hijacking a police vehicle and arbitrarily shooting into crowds has also been filmed.
Events are ongoing. As recently as 4:45 P.M. EST, a bomb went off at the Taj Hotel. And terrorists are asking for free passage out of the country as they are surrounded by commandoes.
I hope this convinces the world that the terror threat is not to be underestimated.
More information at it becomes available.