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Update: Militants Attack in Mumbai, India

  • Indian officials report that the siege at the Taj Mahal hotel has ended and the final three gunmen have been killed. More than 119 people were killed and 288 injured in sophisticated attacks in Mumbai, India, that occurred on 10 different sites. — AP
  • Experts had never heard of the group that claimed responsibility, and they doubt those responsible have significant ties to al Qaeda. Some speculate that the militants were likely Indian Muslims, with a domestic agenda — New York Times
  • Chaos ensues at two luxury hotels in Mumbai that continue to burn. Some hostages left earlier today, but 20 people may still be held by terrorists. — CNN
  • The synchronized attacks reveal a significant change in the tactics of Indian terrorists. The men were prepared to die in their attacks, and signaled out British and American citizens. — BBC News
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cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I agree with pharm chick and geebers. The state of this world and these horrible events make me upset,when will it end? We need to find the root of all these problems, the reason why they first started happening and for what reasons, but even that answer won't help anything-it's too late for much peace now. I just hope India and Pakistan don't have another fight with one another, and that Muslims in India or anywhere else not be targeted. Islam is a peaceful religion, but some sick bastards use and twist the religion to justify their actions.
geebers geebers 8 years
I just know that more Muslims will now be targeted. It is appalling how Muslims are one of the few groups that it is socially acceptable to discriminate against. My fear is the militant Hindu groups that will not try to retaliate in India with bombings in Muslim communities. :(
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i was a mixture of sad and angry when i first read about this. a small fraction of misguided people go and make the lives of many innocent people impossible. of course those hurt in the attacks and their families will suffer the most, but then you have the innocent muslims in india who may suffer because those hurt by the terrorists will want to take it out on someone else, and obviously their first target will be any muslim, although the vast majority of muslims out there would never dream about hurting someone, since our religion preaches against it!! i just hope my family in india stays safe through this time, along with all the rest of the innocent people there.
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 8 years
This is so sad. India is a beautiful place, and I was so excited to visit southeast Asia this winter. However, I may have to reconsider now that safety issues have again come to the forefront.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 8 years
I saw an interview with the Indian president a couple of hours ago and I think he's immediately trying to blame Pakistan. Their secretary of state said it was a decleration of war, he just didn't know yet from which country. While this is a shocking story, this has not only been a long time coming, it's actually been building up gradually since there have been numerous attacks like this for the past year (on a smaller scale of course) and I think combined, about 100 people died of terrorist attacks in the past year in India. There are many smaller groups in Kashmir who fight for their independence with violence so I guess it's fair to say that a lot of terrorist groups may be responsible. What is sure though is that while they may not be part of al-Qaida, they did used their methods.
mafalda_quino mafalda_quino 8 years
Sorry, forgot to add the link: What I'm getting from this article and many other reports, is that we can't really afford to be as presumptuous (ignorant?arrogant?) as to say "It were them what done it. Kill'em. Kill'em all. That'll learn them." "We" don't know who "they" are. And "they" will continue to commit these acts of terror for political/religious/economic/d*** swinging reasons until...well,until there's no group of people left on this planet that feel they've nothing left to lose. Unfortunately, I don't think that day will ever come. But that's probably just me, and I haven't had my coffee yet so maybe things will look better in about 45mins! *crosses fingers*
mafalda_quino mafalda_quino 8 years
Just an update on the story from the BBC: "For the authorities, the immediate priority is to respond to the emergency and to free those still trapped or held hostage, rather than to attribute responsibility. India's TV news channels have, in the initial hours of the drama, largely refrained from pointing the finger of blame. The claim from a little-heard-of organisation, Deccan Mujahideen, may harden suspicions that Islamic radicals are involved. Two years ago the authorities blamed a series of bomb attacks on Mumbai commuter trains on Islamic militant groups once based in Pakistan. Back in 1993, a string of co-ordinated attacks on landmarks across Mumbai, bombings which left hundreds dead, were widely believed to have been the work of organised crime. The Indian authorities held neighbouring Pakistan responsible for organising those bombings, an allegation angrily rejected in Islamabad. Election disruption? But there are other possible culprits. Some recent bomb attacks - though on nothing like this scale - have been blamed on militant Hindu organisations. The motive is far from clear. The choice of targets might suggest an attempt to undermine business confidence and put off foreign investors. Some may wonder whether the attacks are intended to frustrate attempts to improve relations between India and Pakistan. Or perhaps they are designed to destabilise the world's largest democracy. A nationwide election is expected in the next few months, and there are regional elections currently being held in several Indian states. One is in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Himalayan region whose disputed status has been the main cause of 60 years of tension and conflict between South Asia's two nuclear neighbours."
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
People pervert the message, and say their purpose is in the name of religion, that doesn't make the religion bad, but makes the person who perverted the message bad
zeze zeze 8 years
Actually, Yahoo has an article talking about the domestic agenda the group was pursuing, they are saying these attacks are due to oppression of muslim Indians by the majority. They make up 13% of the population. It seems like this is about health care, jobs, and money. I don't get why they were targeting foreigners, but according to some they were not at all and were firing randomly, they just wanted the most attention so they picked this location - so who knows.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
People commit acts like this in the NAME of religion. So, yes, I think that religion is the cause of tragic events like this.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Thank you for posting this. It's sad what people will do to each other. I was watching the news yesterday on this story and words just couldn't describe the pictures they were showing. Especially today, it reminds me of how thankful I am to be safe and healthy and happy.
geebers geebers 8 years
I didnt realize there was an updated post- i posted in the other smaller link! Apparently there are still hostages that police are trying to get to. Just goes to show how incompetant the Indian police are- has been hours. They need a SWAT team. (I dislike Indian police- they are very corrupt from my last trip to India- it is awful and it really reminds me how lucky we are to live here).
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Hitler used a great theologians words as an excuse to exercise his "final solution." In the 1500's, Martin Luther (father of Lutheranism) wrote an open letter to the Jewish community saying that it was ok for them to convert to Christianity, and that accepting Christ was the logical next step for their religion. Unfortunately the Jewish community didn't agree, and then Luther wrote another letter saying that all Jews who didn't convert were heretics who shouldn't be allowed to live. Hitler took that letter and did his best to make it happen.
zeze zeze 8 years
If you think terrorism happens because of religion then you don't know politics. Like Dave said, I think religion is the packaging to horrible human greed. Think of all the charity, compassion, education, civil rights, and empowerment religion fuels. It is a double-edged sword, anything that can inspire so much good in the world can inspire the bad. The worst is when greedy monsters use the inspiration religion resonates among its believers to carry out their own destructive agendas.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Nya - I agree with you. The innocent people suffer because these militants are so blinded by their hatred. Kristin - This isn't what religion does. This is what happens when people use something good (religion) for evil. Extremism is not God's will, it's just some human's greed.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Is this what religion does? Causes people to harm others?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
No Dave, it's the innocent people that suffer. So they kill all these people get media attention for like 3 weeks untilt he next big one comes along and do they think that the "powers that be" give one flying damn??? do they think that the world will suddenly agree with their ludicrous views? my prayers are with the families of those killed and all the injured.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree Nya. It's too bad these people are so blinded that they see nothing wrong with taking another life.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Yet again the capacity of humans to destroy lives never fails to disgust me.
zeze zeze 8 years
ohh...forgot to add, where does a little unknown Indian Terror group that hasn't done anything before get more weapons then some small countries? (Reports said they were heavily armed with some advanced weapons) - AGAIN Al Qaeda!
zeze zeze 8 years
I can't imagine how there are no ties to Al Qaeda - they are Indian, close enough to Al Qaeda physically and ideologically. They are Indian Muslims, therefore, most likely Sunni or even wahhabi - again Al Qaeda, they were coordinated attacks with members prepared to die in them - again Al Qaeda. They were targeting Britons and American, again Al Qaeda. I have a hunch that after a little digging the Al Qaeda link will comp up. Call me crazy!
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