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Coordinated Attacks Kill at Least 100 in Mumbai

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Posted on Nov 26, 2008
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India’s busiest city came under fire Thursday morning (local time) as gunmen attacked at least seven targets, including two luxury hotels, a train station and a hospital. The attacks killed at least 100 people and injured hundreds more. Officials said the death toll included the head of Mumbai’s counterterrorism unit.

Often described as the financial capital of India, Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, forms the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the world, with around 19 million people.


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At least seven high-profile locations were hit in India’s financial capital, including two luxury hotels where dozens of hostages are being held.

The buildings are now ringed by troops. Gunmen are also said to be holding people captive in an office block.

Police say four suspected terrorists have been killed and nine arrested.

As day broke in Mumbai, the situation on the ground was still confused with reports of gunfire and explosions at between seven and 16 locations.

The city’s main commuter train station, a hospital, a restaurant and two hotels—locations used by foreigners as well as local businessmen and leaders—were among those places caught up in the violence.

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By neil, November 30, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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Hi guys.
If some body can explain..why in real time..
4+ billion pepople of the world thing islam is terrorism religon.

why…all the devolped and educated counttires think like that.

why more then 80 % of muslims are illitrate…
why no country as such is willing to help muslims to uplift them..
why inspite of the newest religon…its not as advanced as christanity?
ohh…pls give me some wisdom

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By cyrena, November 28, 2008 at 1:42 am Link to this comment

Mumbaikar is right on the money here:

“The “Religion Of Peace” has nothing to do with this. No religion has anything to do this. We are witnessing tactics borne out of frustration on the part terrorists. Your comments link them with Muslims. This is downright trash…”

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All true, and linking this with Muslims is worse than trash. It’s the same ignorant hate mongering mentality for which the West is known.

The fact that Americans and Brits are the targets in this attack should make it clear (even to ignorants) that this has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. But then, if that was the case, these same people would have figured out by now, why we were allegedly attacked by Islamic extremists on 9/11.

They haven’t. They haven’t figured out that the reason for all of these attacks is that frustration borne of the decades of both the US and Britain (the French as well)and their assaults on the rest of the world, but SPECIFICALLY Africa and the Middle East. Forcing US hegemony via military force, and helping other nations do the same, has finally caught up with us. The Bush Doctrine hasn’t helped.

So no. This isn’t about religion, it’s about geopolitics. The same sort politics that initiated the US as it became known. First there was the massive genocide of the Native peoples of the Continent. While that was still on-going, these “American Revolutionaries” did the stunt later known as the Boston Tea Party, where they dumped all of that British Tea into the Bay/Harbor, and blamed that on an Indian, (or at least they disguised themselves as Natives to do the deed.)

So, there we have it. The US was founded by terrorists and terrorist actions, perpetrated by ‘settlers’ from Britain, Spain, France, and assorted others. BUT…Spain and France backed out of the action long ago. Britain, (and especially in these past several years since Dick Bush) has remained the sole ally to the US in their continued destruction of the Middle East and South and Central Asia. THAT’S why they were looking for people with American and British passports in Mumbai. THAT’S why these attacks were centered on locations that Westerners frequent.

Terrorism is asymmetrical warfare. How long did our ‘leaders’ think we could perpetrate that against the rest of the world, without some blowback?

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By A Khokar, November 28, 2008 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

# Human

Mumbai terrorists attack is a spectacular incident which can certainly be said as too sophisticated for any foreigner to execute without massive facilitation and local support base. Here allegedly Muslim terrorists have left behind an ID card and a cell phone with a SIM card originating in a ‘neighboring’ country. How convenient. They should have checked better since they could have also found an ISI staff card on one of the dead terrorists.

As I said there are close to 100 groups in India, of all shades, fighting the Indian state and people, including Hindu terrorist groups. India should get its own house in order before blaming ‘neighbors’. This blame game is coming from a country where close to 600 Christians were killed just a couple of months back by Hindu groups, and 2500 Indian Muslims were burned alive in the 21st century’s first incident of genocide, in 2002 and where Kashmiri, Dalit, and other minority women are raped everyday as part of Hindu religious oppression.

If at all this Mumbai attack is total a surprise for Indian government and for its Intelligence organizations; they better look in right direction where some of the major powers envy India and may not like to see India flourish.

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By A Khokar, November 28, 2008 at 1:11 am Link to this comment

# Human,

For the past many weeks, the biggest story in India was involvement of Indian Military Intelligence officers in orchestrated acts of terrorism against Muslims to create a Hindu-Muslim riot situation as well as to create a justification for war against Pakistan. Many Indian army officers were caught and Indian Police was forced to work deeper into finding more BJP, Bajrang Dal and RSS terrorists in Indian military and Intelligence setup. This story had created a serious panic in Indian military and their Fascist patrons in Hindu Zionists. Something had to be done to divert the attention of the world and Indian public from acts of terrorism by Hindu Hardliners. .....Then comes the Mumbai Massacre.

Even when the shootings were going on in hotels, Indian media and army were blaming Pakistan for the attacks. The game is clear and sinister. The Indian Intelligence have diverted the global attention towards another issue where they would blame Pakistan for this slaughter and use Barack Obama’s doctrine of attacks on Pakistan to encircle Pakistan from both sides. It is such a shame that Pakistani media is not highlighting this issue and is only repeating what Indians want the world to see and
believe.

There is no such group in India as Daccan Mujahideen. In the coming days, Pakistan should prepare for a high risk threat response as Indians would go to any limit to open another front against Pakistan to divert the local and world attention from their internal fascist elements in Hindu Zionists and military intelligence.

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By Human, November 27, 2008 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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A Khokhar you list entities like the Bajrang Dal, BJP and Shiv Sena as Hindu Terror Groups. I have to question your sanity as all these groups are Right-Wing political parties and organizations in India. The BJP was in fact in power before the current Congress government.

You may disagree with the politics of these groups (I certainly do) but making accusations tantamount to calling them terrorist groups is ludicrous. You may feel a need to defend Pakistan but the facts don’t lie - One of the terrorists caught is a Pakistani.

The Pakistani ISI (CIA equivalent) has been shown to have its hand in a multitude of terror incidents in India including the attack on India’s parliament in 2001. Don’t let your excessive jingoism get in the way of fact. Various elements in Pakistan including the ISI and the upper echelon of the army have their own agenda coupled with the mujahideen and im afraid that this attack looks like it may be one of them.

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By Xntrk, November 27, 2008 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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The new from Mumbai is horrendous - as is most news that reports of terrorist attacks and suicide missions. The difference between these current assaults and ones of 50, 60, or even only 30 years ago is that they seem driven by motives that have less to do with ‘Freedom’ or ‘Nation Building’, then simply destroying the system that exists, with no real plan or hope to improve on it.

Rather like George Bush’s attack and War on Iraq: He definitely wanted to destroy the Iraq of 2000, but had no plans or hopes for improvement.

That is what makes these events so successful and truly frightening. Like movies and books that supposedly portray the end of the world for the sheer pleasure of the destruction and sense of power gained by seeing people groveling in fear, these attacks provide no means for a reasonable or moral person to grasp a message of hope for the future.

Annihilation is the goal, and those who blame it on one religion or government are ignoring the millions of kids being raised to view the world as an extension of the latest video game.

If your society provides you with no future and little hope, why not end it all is a surge of violence? Read the news. People killing strangers with weaponry only imagined in the 2nd WW are a daily occurrence: Malls, restaurants, gas stations, churches, any place where people gather.

You’re gonna die anyway, apparently taking as many of your fellow humans with you as possible has become the point…

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By A Khokar, November 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

(Continuation of last post)
Mumbai under terrorists Attack

NAGALAND

71.  National Socialist Councilof Nagaland (Isak-Muivah)– NSCN(IM)
72.  National Socialist Councilof Nagaland (Khaplang)– NSCN (K)
73.  Naga NationalCouncil (Adino) – NNC (Adino)
74.      Tripura Liberation OrganisationFront (TLOF)
75.  United Bengali LiberationFront (UBLF)
76.  Tripura TribalVolunteer Force (TTVF)
77.  Tripura Armed TribalCommando Force (TATCF)
78.  Tripura TribalDemocratic Force (TTDF)
79.  Tripura Tribal YouthForce (TTYF)
80.  Tripura LiberationForce (TLF)
81.  Tripura Defence Force (TDF)
82.  All TripuraVolunteer Force (ATVF)
83.  Tribal Commando Force (TCF)
84.  Tripura Tribal YouthForce (TTYF)
85.  All TripuraBharat Suraksha Force(ATBSF)
86.  Tripura Tribal ActionCommittee Force (TTACF)
87.  Socialist Democratic Frontof Tripura (SDFT)
88.  All TripuraNational Force (ATNF)
89.  Tripura Tribal Sengkrak Force (TTSF)
90.  Tiger Commando Force (TCF)
91.  Tripura Mukti Police (TMP)

MEGHALAYA

92.  Hynniewtrep NationalLiberation Council (HNLC)
93.  Achik NationalVolunteer Council (ANVC)
94.  People’s LiberationFront of Meghalaya (PLF-M)
95.  Left-wing Extremists
96.  People’s Guerrilla Army

Any how in the wake of down turn of Capitalism; that all of the western super economical powers are finding their capitalist bubble burst; the system is totally gone bankrupt. India was declaring it self immune to it. These Bombay attacks are an effort to bring India——in line. India must look in right direction.

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By A Khokar, November 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

Mumbai under Terrorist Attacks

The Indian media has started pointing toward Pakistan that terrorist who carried out the attacks at various targets in Mumbai have come from across the borders from Pakistan. Pakistan should not entertain such nonsense of Indian blame game at all.

Have the mothers in India gone total barren and sordid that they can’t give birth to any potent male or female who can come up and if need be rise up against the oppressive practices of Indian regime? Reportedly; there are some hundred dissident groups and separatist forces actively working against the central Indian Government in India. In the presence of such a huge number of separatist, it is absurd to point the finger toward some out side forces. More over there are retired military soldiers, in millions in India. While at very prime age they are usually made redundant. They with the most suitable military training and expertise are most likely to join these groups. Soldiers from military in lower ranks are normally sent home in India on retirement on attaining the age between 36 and 40 years.

List of some Indian dissident groups and separatist forces are given here;

Hindu Terror Groups

1.    Shiv Sena – Army of Shiva
2.    Bajrang Dal
3.    Durga Vahini-Women militants
4.    BJP
5.    A ragtag, government-armed Hindu militant groups have been raised in Kashmir and northern India during this decade

Indian Occupied Kashmir

6.  Hizbul Mujahideen
7.  Harkat-ul-Ansar or Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami
8.  Lashkar-e-Toiba
9.    Jaish-e-MohammadMujahideen E-Tanzeem
10.    Jammu & KashmirLiberation Front
11.    Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen
12.    Al Badr
13.    Dukhtaran-e-Millat
14.    Al Barq
15.    Al Jehad
16.    Jamait-ul-Mujahideen
17.    Jammu & Kashir National Liberation Army
18.    People’s League
19.    Muslim JanbazForce
20.    Kashmir Jehad Force
21.    Al JehadForce (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir  
22.    Jehad Force
23.    Al Umar Mujahideen
24.    Mahaz-e-Azadi
25.  Islami Jamaat-e-Tulba
26.  Jammu & Kashmir StudentsLiebration Front
27.  Ikhwan-ul-Mujahideen
28.  Islamic Students League
29.  Tehrik-e-Hurriat-e-Kashmir
30.  Mutahida Jehad Council
31.  Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqar Jafaria
32.  Jamait-ul-Mujahideen  
33.  Al Mustafa Liberation Fighters
34.  Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami
35.  Therik-ul-Mujahideen
36.  Muslim Mujahideen
37.  Al MujahidForce
38.  Tehrik-e-Jehad
39.  Islami Inquilabi Mahaz

ASSAM

40.  Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT)
41.  Dima Halom Daogah (DHD)
42.  Karbi National Volunteers (KNV)
43.  Rabha National Security Force (RNSF)
44.  Koch-RajbongshiLiberation Organisation (KRLO)
45.  Adivasi Cobra Force(ACF)
46.  Karbi People’s Front(KPF)
47.  Tiwa National Revolutionary Force (TNRF)
48.  Bircha Commando Force(BCF)
49.  Bengali Tiger Force (BTF)
50.  Adivasi Security Force(ASF)
51.  All Assam Adivasi Suraksha Samiti (AAASS)
52.  Gorkha Tiger Force(GTF)
53.  Barak Valley YouthLiberation Front (BVYLF)
54.  Muslim United LiberationTigers of Assam (MULTA)
55.  Muslim United LiberationFront of Assam (MULFA)
56.  Muslim Security Council of Assam (MSCA)
57.  United Liberation Militia ofAssam (ULMA)
58.  Islamic Liberation Army of Assam (ILAA)
59.  Muslim Volunteer Force (MVF)
60.  Muslim Liberation Army (MLA)
61.  Muslim Security Force (MSF)
62.  Islamic SevakSangh (ISS)
63.  Islamic United ReformationProtest of India (IURPI)
64.  United Muslim LiberationFront of Assam (UMLFA)
65.  Revolutionary MuslimCommandos (RMC)
66.  Muslim Tiger Force (MTF)
67.  People’s UnitedLiberation Front (PULF)
68.  Adam Sena(AS)
69.  Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
70.  Harkat-ul-Jehad

(Continued in next post)

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By namer, November 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

mumbaikar - I suggest you look up these Muslim celebrations of their Universal Grievances (you can thank Fadel for that mealy-mouthed justification):

Beslan
Buenos Aires
New York City
Moscow
London
Jerusalem
Madrid
Airliners and Cruise Ships many times over
Thailand
Bali, Indonesia
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel Aviv
Darfur
Kabul, Bamiyan, and the rest of Taliban-land
Baghdad
Beirut
and on and on and on

“....nothing to see here folks, just keep moving along…...”

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By namer, November 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

mumbaikar wrote: The “Religion Of Peace” has nothing to do with this. No religion has anything to do this. We are witnessing tactics borne out of frustration on the part terrorists. Your comments link them with Muslims. This is downright trash.

So we should just be like sheep and pretend we don’t notice that these mass-murderers actually ARE Muslims (Mujahadeen, don’t ya know) who are murdering in the NAME of Islam. It’s not like it’s never happened before ALL OVER THE WORLD. Wake up.

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By Blackspeare, November 27, 2008 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

Just when things were getting a little dull on the news circuit and repetitive along come the India-centric militants who take center stage in the heart of India.

It is difficult to believe that an operation of this magnitude could occur without some semblance of pre-intelligence.  Smacks to me of another case of “falling to connect the dots” perhaps by Indian intelligence or worse by purposely failing to connect the dots by individual(s) with their own agendas.

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By namer, November 27, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

universal Islamic grievance

Very telling words. Universal grievance.

Islamic. Universal. Grievance.

Scary shit.

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By Fadel Abdallah, November 27, 2008 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

By namer, November 27 at 6:37 am #

Religion Of Peace strikes again.
Submission by force, of course.
Silence from the Muslims on the planet, of course….....
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I am sure you are one happy bigot who capitalizes on these tragic events to spew your hateful venom against the religion of one fifth of humanity.

For you education, you might consider that this terrorist act is related to the nationalist issue of Kashmir and has nothing to do with any universal Islamic grievance, though there are many related to the onslaught of America and Britain against the Muslim peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan and before that Palestine! 

If you’re not a bigot and hateful ignorant you would understand that no individual or group terrorists, no matter what name they choose for themselves, can represent the the religion or value system of 1.5 billion people.

Can you consider labeling Judaism as a terrorist religion because so many of Israel’s leaders came from the ranks of terrorist organization, and further established a colonialist entity on a land they stole from the natives after terrorizing them?!

Or can you consider labeling Christianity as terrorist religion because of what the medieval Crusaders did or because of the most modern crusade by evil Bush against the lands of Islam, which claimed close to five thousand American and hundreds of thousands Iraqis and Afghans, not to mention the destruction of the infrastructure of these two countries and the financial ruin of our own country along with all world capitalist economy!

I am a Muslim who, after condemning this and any other terrorist attack carried in the name of Islam or any other religion, also condemn bigots like you who make sweeping condemning statement which are actually hateful cases of fishing in troubled waters, which might help increase and justify terrorism, and not solve it or help eliminating its causes.

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By Mumbaikar, November 27, 2008 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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namer :
As a Mumbai citizen I don’t like your comments. Wait , let me rephrase my feelings - your comments are rotten , reeking of rotten mentality.
But then buddy, you are not alone. You have company - a section of local political class keen on instigating communal violence sometimes subtly and yet other times not being so subtle.
The “Religion Of Peace” has nothing to do with this. No religion has anything to do this. We are witnessing tactics borne out of frustration on the part terrorists. Your comments link them with Muslims. This is downright trash.

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By WARIS SHERE, November 27, 2008 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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India’s financial capital, Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. With an estimated population of thirteen million, it is one of the most populated cities in the world. It was rocked by a series of gun attacks and blasts that targeted luxury hotels and restaurants. The shootings and explosions took place in the heart of the city’s affluent southern section. Gunmen conducted a ‘coordinated attack’ across Mumbai’s major tourist hubs. Several innocent people were killed and hundreds were injured in seven synchronized attacks. Multiple attacks on Mumbai appear to be the work of extremists who have repeatedly struck India’s financial centre in the last two decades. India which has suffered a rising number of terrorist attacks in the past but recent
assaults in Mumbai were particularly brazen and dramatically different in their scale and
execution. The attack comes at a sensitive time for India and the region. It appears of a new
campaign in a bid to cause maximum harm and damage to India’s economy and international reputation. Since May, a wave of bombings has rocked several Indian cities, killing more than 200 people. Some of the bombings were claimed by a group calling itself the Indian Mujaheddin. The term “mujaheddin” refers to Islamic holy warriors. Brooke Anderson, the spokesman for President-elect Barack Obama’s national security transition operation, said, “These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism. The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks.”  Nowadays one of the most important world’s problems is terrorism. It is the problem of every person because anyone may suffer from it. Nobody knows when where and who will suffer next time. The worst about terrorism is that ordinary people die. Let us all join hands in condemning the rash of shootings and blasts killing innocent
civilians. Such violence is totally unacceptable and must be stopped at any cost.

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By namer, November 27, 2008 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

Religion Of Peace strikes again.
Submission by force, of course.
Silence from the Muslims on the planet, of course….....

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By troublesum, November 27, 2008 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

AP reports this morning say that fighting is still going on in several hotels and that British and American citizens are the targets.

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