Friday, November 28, 2008

Mumbai attacks: latest accounts

New details of the recent and horrible terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Financial Times - "Mumbai hostage buildings taken":

"Indian commandos on Friday night managed finally to wrest control of two of the three buildings taken by militants in one of the worst terror attacks on Indian soil.

The siege of Mumbai’s Oberoi hotel and a Jewish centre ended, as officials reported that the death toll had risen to 155 at nine locations with about 327 wounded. Nine gunmen and eight foreigners were among the dead.

A day-long effort to regain control of the Jewish community centre, Nariman House, ended with the news that at least five hostages including a young rabbi and his wife had been killed."

Hopefully, further reports will confirm that this terrible wave of attacks is subsiding. As FT reports, commandos are still fighting the remaining militants holed up in the Taj hotel.

Unfortunately, the Mumbai attacks are viewed as a "significant success" for the terrorists in question. More from the FT:

"...Analysts said the terrorists had achieved a “significant success” by managing to keep the Indian security forces at bay for so long since the attack began on Wednesday night.

“The attackers received as much attention as they could possibly have hoped for, and the Mumbai outrage can only be described as a very significant terrorist success,” said Paul Cornish, head of the international security programme at Chatham House in London."

We hope this crisis will end just as quickly as it began.

More info and analysis on the Mumbai attacks can be found below in our related articles and links section.

Related articles and posts:

1. Night the city became scene of a bloodbath - FT.com

2. Indian forces struggle to retake control - IHT.

3. Indian markets resilient after attacks - WSJ.com

4. Was al-Qaeda pulling the strings in Mumbai? - Times Online.

5. Militant attacks in Mumbai and their consequences - Stratfor.

1 comment:

Ramps said...

I wish Mumbai comes out of the grief very soon...

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