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Multiple Terror Attacks in Mumbai

November 26, 2008
Aaman Lamba

Thanksgiving will have a bloody tinge in India and perhaps the world.

In perhaps the most shocking attacks in Indian history, a series of bomb blasts and terrorists have laid siege to Mumbai at night. The operation is still going on, with terrorists holed up in the Oberoi Hotel, who appear to be trying to apprehend some American and British tourists.

The ATS Chief Hemant Karkare has been killed and Mumbai's top encounter cop Vijay Saleskar has been shot dead.



At least 80 people are reported dead, and major Mumbai landmarks have been targeted.

Earlier there were at least 8 simultaneous incidents of blasts and firing, including AK-47 bearing terrorists who attacked the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal of the Railway Statiion, a taxi blast in Vile Parle, and at the Taj Mahal and Trident Hotels. Trains on the central line have been stopped. Other sites of the attacks include Mazgaon, Leopold's Pub, Metro Junction, Crawford Market and at Colaba. A BP petrol bunk has experienced an explosion in Colaba.
Police, courtesy Reuters
There is reportedly now firing at the Marriott Hotel. There are currently at least two terrorists holed up in the Oberoi hotel. The terrorists are reportedly in their 20s and may have about 15 people in their custody. Another encounter is underway at the Taj hotel. Terrorists are reported to be hijacking cars and driving around the city, shooting at random. A boat has been found at the Gateway of India, reportedly laden with explosives.

A live bomb appears to have been defused outside the Taj Hotel, while another blast was reported in the hotel inside the dome, which is on fire and may be collapsing.

There are also reports that terrorists have escaped from the Taj Hotel in a police vehicle towards the government offices, Mantralaya, and in a black Skoda from another location. Two terrorists have been shot after this incident near Girgaum-Chowpatty, driving a black Skoda.

AFP reports that the mayor of Madrid was inside the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai when it
came under attack, she is not injured.

The ATS is in presence, and paramilitary forces. Naval Commandos have begun operations. Government sources confirm that the Army will be brought onto the streets, perhaps as a flag march.

This post will be updated as this night of darkness proceeds.

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Suketu Mehta, Mumbai expert and author (calling from NYC), along with some SAJAers and SAJA friends in Mumbai joining the call with updates.

You can listen live at
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or via phone: +1-347-324-5991
3-4 pm NY time
That's 1:30-2:30 am in Mumbai

SAJA is hosting a live discussion with journalists and experts in Mumbai and the U.S. about the terrorist attacks on hotels and elsewhere in Mumbai at http://www.sajaforum.org/2008/11/breaking-news-terrorists-attack-mumbai-hotels.html

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#1
Deepti Lamba
November 26, 2008
02:04 PM

Mumbaikers be safe.

#2
Amitabh Mitra
URL
November 26, 2008
02:52 PM

A major preplanned attack on Mumbai and failure of intelligence organisations

#3
Kim
URL
November 26, 2008
03:04 PM

Terrible news.

Currently all we can do is pray for safety of the majority.

But we need concrete long term solutions to these constant attacks on Mumbai.

Media channels like Aaj tak and Star news are over inflammatory.

Shivraj Patil is as ineffectual as usual.

Some channels are reporting that it is not Mariott but the Ramada where the firing has happened.

Friend of mine who was working late at his office opposite the Oberoi, says that the lifts in their building have been shut off, all entries and exits sealed. They will all be spending the night in office. Hopefully they will stay safe inside.

#4
Deepti Lamba
URL
November 26, 2008
03:14 PM

Hemant Karkare, the ATS chief killed. Unfortunate

#5
blokesablogin
November 26, 2008
03:42 PM

Ram Ram. Who r these cowardly creeps?

#6
Kim
URL
November 26, 2008
03:50 PM

The army has just come in

#7
Deepti Lamba
November 26, 2008
04:23 PM

Unknown Deccan Mujahideen claim responsibility

#8
Ruvy
URL
November 26, 2008
04:46 PM

May the injured recover, may the mourners be consoled, and may the dead be avenged. May those who have brought about this tragedy be brought before the Bar of Justice of the Eternal; may they suffer as they have caused suffering; may they be caused to understand the pain they have caused, measure for measure.

#9
Kim
URL
November 26, 2008
04:53 PM

the Taj is on fire and may not survive the night!

#10
Deepti Lamba
November 26, 2008
05:06 PM

Kim, did your friend manage to get out?

#11
Kim
URL
November 26, 2008
05:17 PM

they finally got the fire engines in. (they didnt bring them when the dome was burning) an the fire seems to be contained.

someone reported that a lot of dead bodies on the staircases of the Taj. - this hasnt been verified yet.

#12
kerty
November 26, 2008
05:27 PM

We are talking out armed stick up by handful of bandits who are able to hold whole Mumbai at ransom, whole of police force at bay. What a daring. Talk about India becoming a sitting duck. They did it openly, all over mumbai. They held hostages openly. They fled openly in police van. The whole city was in red alert and none of culprits could be caught. Whole Mumbai police was on tails of handful of bandits and none of them could be caught. The ATS chief and Encounter specialist went into the encounter site without any cover or protective gears and fell like flies. Small stickup by 5-6 hijackers ended up in Taj hotel go up in flames. The drama went on for whole night. And none of the culprits have been caught alive(so far). There are no words to describe it.

#13
Kim
URL
November 26, 2008
06:00 PM

Dee, he's safe, but they took a call to spend the night in office.

#14
Chandra
November 26, 2008
06:58 PM


Bastards!!!

I will go to work today, do my meetings and come home. I am going to have a fucking normal day. Screw the fucking bastard terrorists....we are not scared you sons of bitches......

#15
perihelionflux
URL
November 26, 2008
07:29 PM

SHAME SHAME SHAME. What were they doing who were selected/elected to keep India safe?? busy lending a hand for the safe landing of munitions and our guests...

#16
perihelionflux
URL
November 26, 2008
07:35 PM

SHAME SHAME SHAME. What were they doing who were selected/elected to keep India safe?? busy lending a hand for the safe landing of munitions and our guests...

#17
Sanjay
November 27, 2008
01:30 AM

Religion of peace (TM)

#18
kerty
November 27, 2008
01:51 AM

When y2k approached, whole world was expecting some kind of economic meltdown due to date issues in computer systems world wide - world did see dire event than - hijaking of Indian airliner to Khandhar.

World was expecting that terrorists would test the new american president and strike during transition - we are witnessing one - except that such terror strike got outsourced to Mumbai.

These days, when terrorists want to make a statement, they go do it in India. Indian politicians are too small and too insignificant for these global players - our Indian politicians thought since they care for jehadis, jehadis would look after their political interests in this season of elections -but jehadis have laid to ruin their best laid plans of creating a boogy of hindu terror meant to create alibi for jehadi terror. Indian political interests are too small for these jehadis in their bigger scheme of things.

#19
mehul
November 27, 2008
03:33 AM

now where the hell is MNS and all their power it is shame they can only pull all this with poor taxi driver and daily bread winner`s

#20
Sanjay
November 27, 2008
09:21 AM

mehul, the fact that is that the Religion-of-Peace has put everyone else under siege.
Why do you whine so loudly about MNS, when they don't have any AK-47s, grenades, plastic explosives, etc?
Only the Religion-of-Peace does.
You're only showing your narrow slanted politics, which is what inspires these terrorists to begin with. This terrorism will only go away when people like you stop feeding it.

#21
kerty
November 27, 2008
10:15 AM

Even before he could tell who they were, Sharad Powar was quick to blame 'outside forces' for Mumbai terror attacks as if that absolves the government from accountability for the recent spate of Jehadi terrorism. If perpetrators were 'outside forces', what were they doing in
India, inside mumbai? Who is responsible to let them in, not smoke them out from India? Half a dozen terrorists have been cacaught from terror sites - so why speculation? Maharastra Governemnt knows who these terrorists are. Why
their identity is withhold and we are fed this familier line of 'outside forces'?

In case of Malagaon investigation, every
wild accusation and ordinary linkages and conjuctures yielded during unscientific Narco tests were played out in open media and paraded as facts. In case of Mumbai attacks, there is no need for investigation or speculation as terrorists have been caught red-handed and government knows who they are and what were they up to. Why not play out the investigation in the media in the same manner as Malagown investigation? It shows that this shameless
government knows only one policy - appeasement of terrorists for votebank and be bothered only when Hindus react.

How come mere dozen terrorists could hold at ransom, whole of Mumbai, whole of mumbai police, elite army, elite NSG commandos, for hours on end, killing and injuring hundreds of people? The rescue operations and personnel never looked in control. They looked half-hazard, unplanned, chaotic, knee-jerk. They lacked tools, proetctive gears, planning,
intelligence, resolve. Who is to blame for it?

Congress never gets tired of blaming BJP for soft-handling of Khandhar hijacking fiasco where India did not have any rescue option but to give in to save stranded Indian lives held hostage in a faraway hostile country with whom India or civilized world did not have diplomatic access, therefore could not launch diplomatic, military or commando rescue operations to rescue them. In case of current Mumbai attacks, the rescue operations were in a friednly home turf where entire force of police, ATS, NSG,
military etc could be brought to bear on the outcome and this government still could not
save lives.

As usual, this government was too busy cooking up a phantom of 'hindu' terror while jehadis were plotting right under its nose. The real tragedy is that, like so many other terror events, this one too will pass and forgotten soon. And if frustrated and terrified indians were to take matters of their security in their own hands, we can count on this government to spring to action and pull out all stops. Suddenly, hetherto mute media would find its zeal and resolve to fight 'hindu' terror. It needs parity with Hindus to find its voice, its self-righteousness, its resolve. Simply having an Islamic face to terrorism is not good enough to fight terrorism, terror must have a hindu face too in order to find its resolve to fight terrorism.

#22
GB
November 28, 2008
05:28 AM

Kerty: "Simply having an Islamic face to terrorism is not good enough to fight terrorism, terror must have a hindu face too in order to find its resolve to fight terrorism"
So what do you suggest Kerty, start Hindu terrorist organisation to counteract Islamic terrorism???
Next what ? count howmany innocent Hindus,Muslims and Christians died in these attack??? Do you think terrorists have any religion???

#23
GB
November 28, 2008
05:35 AM

Chandra: "Bastards!!!
I will go to work today, do my meetings and come home. I am going to have a fucking normal day. Screw the fucking bastard terrorists....we are not scared you sons of bitches......"
Very responsible and sensible INDIAN. You are the one just started a storm on missionaries?
I do not find any difference between you and the ones whom you are abusing, Only the motives are different!

#24
GB
November 28, 2008
06:55 AM

TOI today says that the NSG had to be flown in from Delhi for the operation as the police was not equipped to deal with these kind of situations.
Atlease now our country has to wake up and prepare efficient anti terror systems to prevent and counter these evil acts.
Politicians instead of blaming each other, must get together and make our security adequate.
Businessmen must be forced to ensure adequate safety and security measures in place before approving their projects. How many High raise buildings , cinema halls have adequate emergency escape and fire fighting systems peoperly maintained?
How many of us know how to operate a fire extinguisher?
If police are used as dogs or watch man to provide security for our Politicians these attacks will continue to occour.
Our heavy population(esp Mumbai) and existing religious issues makes us a easy target for terrorists.
Any way where is the Maharashtra saviour Raj Thackeray?? he must be on the streets helping fellow mubaikars?
Come out you coward?????

#25
kerty
November 28, 2008
10:21 AM

GB

"Kerty: "Simply having an Islamic face to terrorism is not good enough to fight terrorism, terror must have a hindu face too in order to find its resolve to fight terrorism"
So what do you suggest Kerty, start Hindu terrorist organisation to counteract Islamic terrorism???'

Simply stated - secularists refuse to fight terrorism as long as terrorism remains an islamic terrorism. Secularists remain mute spectators, circumventing anti-terrorism resolve and initiatives. However all that change once Hindus react to terror with terror - all of a sudden, secularists find their long lost voice and resolve to fight terrorism - now that they can tarnish both hindus and terrorism in a same brush, and go after hindu terror too, therefore they feel their ideological hurdles against anti-terrorism removed, and they can now safely pose as a champion of anti-terrorism. Secularists need such parity of hindu terror in order for secularists to join the war against terrorism. One can see the same dynamics during communal riots. Secularists would come out with peace-harmony-justice banners only after hindus react to moslem riots - the point of hindu reaction becomes only the point of reference in all subsequent propaganda and activism by secularists.


"count howmany innocent Hindus,Muslims and Christians died in these attack??? Do you think terrorists have any religion?"

It is disingenious to point out the creed of victims to make a point that terrorists have no religion. Creed of terrorists and creed of victims are two separate unrelated things. Terrorists can have religious agenda and still target general public irrespective of their creed - as has been the case in most terrorist events in India. Watch closely as identity of terrorists is revealed and their cause - I do not think their cause will have anything to do with democracy, secularism or human rights, nor you will find rainbow of religions in their identities - you are likely to find people driven by their faith, their cause equally driven by their creed, Plain and simple. But as I pointed out, secularists have this desperate ideological complusion to create parity of terrorist's creed with all other creeds even when none may exist.

#26
kerty
November 28, 2008
10:51 AM

GB

"Any way where is the Maharashtra saviour Raj Thackeray?? he must be on the streets helping fellow mubaikars?Come out you coward?????"

Hostage Terrorism is different from riots - riots need immediate response from affected people - and people would be in a position to fight back rioters, and thus one can see sena like organizations come to the rescue of riot-striken neighborhoods. Hostage terrorism leaves people in no position to react or fend for themselves - not even police reinforcements would be enough. It needs special taskforce, army and commnados to tackle Hostage terrorism.

Sena would view the terrorist attacks on Mumbai as attacks on maharastra and attacks on sena. They would view themselves as the victims and terrorists as cowards. It is apparant that Psecular jehadis view Sena, hindus, VHP etc as more terrorist than the real terrorists of this attacks and they reserve condemnation for them.

It reminds me how psecularists were seen condemning and demonizing the government ministers during Khandahar plane hijacking and not the actual hijackers - as of it was government responsible for the hijacking and not the jehadi terrorists - Psecularists than had made the plight of passangers, giving in to terrorists to save lives and government's intelligence failure as central focus of 24/7 propganda coverage when need of the hour was to build national resovlve for not giving in to the terrorists even if it meant sacrificing few lives of passangers. So some reasons, psecularists always have to find somebody more condemnable than the actual terrorists at hand. They desperately need parity, so they can put off dealing with strong anti-terrorism measures.

#27
commonsense
November 28, 2008
02:00 PM

pretty sad. there is this ghastly series of incidents to stomach, and here we are fighting among ourselves. human, all too human.

#28
GB
November 29, 2008
03:36 AM

"human, all too human."
I do agree CS
Will take on this and idiot and that bastard SS later

#29
GB
November 29, 2008
03:36 AM

"human, all too human."
I do agree CS
Will take on this idiot and that bastard SS later

#30
Vijay
November 30, 2008
11:34 PM

Would anybody stop to ponder over root cause of all this terrorism - Radical Islam (Not islam, but radical islam). Till radical clergies do not stop brainwashing of muslim youth, terrorism is not going to stop.

#31
Vijay
November 30, 2008
11:34 PM

Would anybody stop to ponder over root cause of all this terrorism - Radical Islam (Not islam, but radical islam). Till radical clergies do not stop brainwashing of muslim youth, terrorism is not going to stop.

#32
G2B
December 1, 2008
05:24 AM

Vijay: " Till radical clergies do not stop brainwashing of muslim youth, terrorism is not going to stop."
You are right Vijay. But how to identify these people and stop them. You mean visiting each and every place of worship , see what are they doing?? What they are preaching??
Ok, you know that in a particular place of worship such things happen, What is your action???
This is possible only by our Muslim friends, They must start this.

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