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Indians Fight Last Terrorists In Mumbai

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Indian forces fight last gunmen in Mumbai hotel

By RAVI NESSMAN

MUMBAI, India – Indian forces fired grenades at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel Friday, the last stand of the suspected Muslim militants, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead.

More than 150 people were killed in the violence that began when gunmen attacked 10 sites across India’s financial capital Wednesday night. Fifteen foreigners, including five Americans, were among the dead…

Authorities scrambled to identify those responsible for the unprecedented attack, with Indian officials pointing across the border at rival Pakistan, and Pakistani leaders promising to cooperate in the investigation. A team of FBI agents was ordered to fly to India to investigate the attacks…

CNN reported the government had cut off their live transmissions from the scene in Mumbai. Authorities have asked not to show live broadcasts of the battle because they believe the gunmen were monitoring the news. Most channels largely obliged…

In the most dramatic of the counterstrikes Friday morning, masked Indian commandos rappelled from a helicopter to the rooftop of the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish center as snipers laid down cover fire.

For nearly 12 hours, explosions and gunfire erupted from the five-story building as the commandos fought their way downward, while thousands of people gathered behind barricades in the streets to watch.

The assault blew huge holes in the center, and, at one point, Indian forces fired a rocket at the building.

Soon after, elated commandos ran outside with their rifles raised over their heads in a sign of triumph.

But inside the Chabad House was a scene of tragedy.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel’s Channel 1 TV that the bodies of three women and three men were found at the center. Some of the victims had been bound, Barak said. “All in all, it was a difficult spectacle,” he said…

The gunmen were well-prepared, apparently scouting some targets ahead of time and carrying large bags of almonds to keep up their energy during a long siege. One backpack they found contained 400 rounds of ammunition…

Meanwhile, authorities were working to find out who was behind the attacks, claimed by a previously unknown group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen…

India’s foreign minister said the blame appeared to point to Pakistan.

“According to preliminary information, some elements in Pakistan are responsible for Mumbai terror attacks,” Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.

Indian home minister Jaiprakash Jaiswal said a captured gunmen had been identified as a Pakistani. Patil, the Maharashtra state official, said: “It is very clear that the terrorists are from Pakistan. We have enough evidence that they are from Pakistan.” …

The gunmen apparently came to Mumbai by boat. Authorities stopped a cargo ship off the west coast of Gujarat that had sailed from Saudi Arabia and handed it over to police for investigation, said navy Capt. Manohar Nambiar.

They also stopped a cargo ship that had arrived from Karachi, Pakistan, but released it when nothing suspicious was found on board…

Funny, all was supposed to be (ahem) sweetness and light, with the removal of the hated dictator Musharraf.

What happened?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Indians Fight Last Terrorists In Mumbai”

  1. suscepit says:

    What happened? Did our little friends from Waziristan miss the coronation in Berlin? Somebody tell ’em to open their e-mails from Hamas and get with the program. They’re probably sore that India has showers now, and doctors and manufacturing and paved streets, for cryin’ out loud.

  2. Anonymoose says:

    What I’m noticing is how the attacks were in the financial capital of India, the same as the ’93 and ’01 attacks in the US were against the World Trade Center. So is because they hope to cause an economic collapse (we’re actually doing more harm ourselves) or are they just against capitalism?

  3. proreason says:

    “So is because they hope to cause an economic collapse (we’re actually doing more harm ourselves) or are they just against capitalism?”

    If that’s the goal, they would be better off to save their powder and just wait on Obamy, Barney Fife and Dirty Harry.

  4. crosspatch says:

    While I don’t doubt that the attack was directed from Pakistan, there are some parts of it that lead me to believe that it wasn’t an ISI plan.

    An ISI operation in support of Kashmir would probably not target a Jewish center and specifically round up foreigners for slaughter. In fact, this would be potentially quite counter-productive for ISI’s long term goals.

    I believe this was backed by al Qaeda and/or Iran. The goal being to heat up relations between Pakistan and India and get Pakistani troops removed from the tribal region and moved to the border with India. The tactics involved lean more toward Iran than al Qaeda and seem to be a step up from the kind of attack we saw against the US embassy in Yemen that Iran also had a hand in facilitating.

    My spidey senses tell me that the signs pointing back to Pakistan were intentional and extremely obvious and one of the major points of the operation. Those same senses tell me Iran has a hand in this somehow, most likely in training and equipment and this is another attack in a new marriage of Iran and al Qaida.

  5. 1sttofight says:

    When the hell are someone, India, Pakistan, Israel going to nuke Iran?


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