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Indian commandoes kill last 3 gunmen at hotel – Yahoo! News

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Indian commandoes killed the last three gunman at a landmark hotel late Thursday and were sweeping another luxury hotel in search of hostages and trapped people after suspected Muslim militants stormed targets across Mumbai, leaving 119 people dead.
Meanwhile, eight hostages were freed from the headquarters of a Jewish outreach group, according to an official of the Maharashtra state home department, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. However, it was unclear if any others remained inside the ultra-orthodox Chabad Lubavitch offices.
Gunfire and explosions could be heard well into the night from the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, two of the city’s top gathering spots for the Mumbai elite, as well as at Jewish group’s center. Throughout the day, commandoes brought hostages, trapped guests and corpses from the hotels in small groups.
The gunmen’s main targets appeared to be Americans, Britons and Jews, though most of the dead seemed to be Indians and foreign tourists caught in random gunfire.
But clearly the gunmen — some of whom strode casually through their targets in khakis and T-shirts — came ready for a siege.
“They have AK-47s and grenades. They have bags full of grenades and have come fully prepared,” said Maj. Gen. R.K. Hooda.

Indian commandoes kill last 3 gunmen at hotel – Yahoo! News

Other links:
US agencies monitoring India attacks.
Photos of the attacks, here. One of the arrested is a Pakistani national

MSNBC:

Indian commandos battled to regain control of two luxury hotels and other buildings in the commercial capital of Mumbai on Thursday after attacks by armed militants left at least 119 people dead and more than 300 wounded. Meantime, the country’s prime minister blamed neighboring countries for the brazen attacks.

“The situation is still not under control and we are trying to flush out any more terrorists hiding inside the two hotels,” said Vilasrao Deshmukh, chief minister of Maharashtra state which is home to Mumbai.

(…) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed militants from neighboring countries — usually meaning Pakistan — raising fears of renewed tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

“It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country,” he said in a televised address.

The attacks show the terrorists have changed their strategies:

while the attack was highly organised, it was not necessarily that advanced in terms of technology, with automatic weapons and grenades. It had more the look of a small-scale guerrilla war than a typical al-Qaeda attack.

A group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attacks but little is known of it.

The men were of South Asian appearance and reportedly spoke Hindi, indicating they originated in India.

Attacks over recent years have seen a variety of different groups named, particularly the Indian Mujahideen who had apparently threatened to attack Mumbai in September, claiming that Muslims had been harassed.

The authorities have often pointed the finger at the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, believing that other groups like the Indian Mujahideen are a front for this banned organisation.

The BBC has some interesting videos, too.

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  1. What a terrible day! My thoughts are with the families of the victims.

    xanthippa

    November 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm

  2. Yes, mine too.

    Another interesting link:
    http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2008/11/its-time-to-reject-plausible.html
    The Indian navy has seized two Pakistani merchant ships as authorities try to track down those responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

    Authorities believe the Mumbai attackers came ashore in a series of small boats, and all the merchant ships that have passed through Mumbai in the past few days have come under particular scrutiny.

    According to Indian news agencies, intelligence sources pinpointed one particular cargo vessel that had stopped there briefly before leaving for Karachi and Pakistan.

    This stinks.

    Claudia

    November 28, 2008 at 5:36 pm

  3. […] Are they from the same terrorists that attacked Mumbai last week? Or are they new attacks? […]


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