Thursday, November 27, 2008

Updates From Andrew Bolt: Mass Murder in Mumbai

Terrible news from Mumbai:

Over 60 people have been killed and many more injured in several terrorist attacks in Mumbai on Wednesday night. Two five-star hotels - Trident and Taj - are under siege and gunmen are reported to have held the occupants hostage.

The choice of targets (some guaranteed to scare foreigners) and the coordination naturally suggest a terrorist group.


A claim of resposibility has been made via email by a group called Dekhan Hujahedin.


The gunmen were specifically targeting Britons and Americans and a top police official said the gunmen are holding hostages at two luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels.


At least 20 Australians have been caught up in the chaos and two Australians were injured, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said… At least 20 Australians were in the Oberoi Hotel at the time of the attack, all of them members of a NSW trade delegation organised by the Department of State and Regional Development.

UPDATE 4 Photos from some of the sites:


An Australian man caught up in the terror attacks in Mumbai called Channel 7, desperate for help to escape the hotel in which at least two gunmen opened fire.

Steve Smith called Seven from a “dingy little room” at the back of the Taj, where he was hiding after seeing two gunmen toss grenades into the Leopold…

Mr Smith said he was desperate to find a way out of the hotel with a Japanese woman and two German air stewards he was hiding with…

“I’d like someone to tell me what’s going on so I can make a plan to get out of here with these guys. I’m about a block from the harbour and my plan is just to go.”

Mr Smith said he became separated from an Australian man and woman when he went back downstairs to lock a door cutting off the terrorists.


Four top police officials, including Mumbai Police Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, were among the 10 policemen killed…


There seems little doubt what was intended by this attack and who was meant to get a message:

Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India’s financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 78 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said.

It’s an assault not just on India, but on the West. The killers have not just humans in their gunsights, but India’s economy - especially its tourism industry.


This may be the time to remind those so frantically rehabilitating David Hick’s reputation of the letters he wrote to his family while training with al Qaida, boasting of having fought for anti-Indian Islamist terrorists by shooting across the Indian border into Kashmir:

I got to fire hundreds of bullets. Most Muslim countries impose hanging for civilians arming themselves for conflict. There are not many countries in the world where a tourist, according to his visa, can go to stay with the army and shoot across the border at its enemy, legally.


A local journalist told CNN he had seen evidence of an attack at the city’s domestic airport, which is on the outskirts of the Mumbai.


Pictures here. WARNING: Some are graphic.

One is of a suspected terrorist:


An interactive site showing where the attacks occured.


The gunmen also attacked police headquarters in south Mumbai, the area where most of the attacks, which began late Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning, took place.

“We are under fire, there is shooting at the gate,” said a constable, A. Shetti, by phone from police headquarters.


THE Australian killed in the Mumbai terror attacks has been named as Braid Gilbert Taylor, the Press Trust of India has reported.


Dozens of people were being kept hostage by gunmen in India’s financial capital Mumbai today, more than 12 hours after the city suffered a coordinated series of attacks on luxury hotels, popular restaurants, a rail terminus and an ultra-orthodox Jewish centre.

Maharashtra state police chief AN Roy said that the hostage situation had ended at the Taj Mahal hotel, but that there were still apparently hostages in the Oberoi hotel.

The death toll in the audacious attack has now risen to 101...

Pictures here. WARNING: Some are graphic.

One is of a suspected terrorist:

Source: Herald Sun


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