July 14, 2011 |
For the second time in three years, Mumbai suffered a major terrorist attack Wednesday as three explosions rocked India's financial capital, killing at least 21 people, wounding more than 140 and spreading fear and panic across the sprawling city. The blasts, detonated over an 11-minute period beginning at 6:54 p.m. just as commuters were heading home or out for dinner, apparently were timed for maximum damage and publicity. But several analysts said that the explosions' relatively low intensity, the choice of targets and the fact that more people weren't killed suggested that this was the work of local militants and not a major Pakistan-linked group, such as the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India blames for the 2008 attack on Mumbai that killed 166 people.
December 25, 2010 |
Mumbai was on high alert Saturday as police set up checkpoints and conducted extensive searches for four men they believe have entered the financial hub to carry out a terrorist attack. The sprawling metropolis was the site of a massive attack in November 2008 that saw the city under siege for three days as well-coordinated terrorists fanned out to transit centers, hospitals, luxury hotels and a Jewish center, killing about 170 people. "Mumbai" has become a watchword for this style of suicide attack, which underscored the vulnerabilities of sprawling cities in the face of trained and highly motivated terrorists in real-time communication with distant handlers.
November 6, 2010 |
President Obama visited the site of the 2008 terrorist attacks here Saturday, making it the first stop of his two-week trip to Asia in order to convey a message to plotters of that attack and others. "In our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity," he said, "the United States and India stand united. " Obama spoke with a group of hotel employees and other survivors gathered in a hotel courtyard shortly after checking into the hotel. He is the first foreign head of state to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel since the attacks, an event known in India by the shorthand 26/11.
November 26, 2009 |
In the last year, India has deployed rapid strike law enforcement officers in four cities and purchased night-scope equipment. Mumbai police increased the numbers of weapons and vehicles at police stations and created specially trained early response units. Dhananjay Srirang, 38, a constable, said he checks the identity cards of fishermen and boaters in the port, a new procedure, and B. Raman, director at Chennai's Institute for Topical Studies, said intelligence links with the U.S. have been strengthened.
December 2, 2008 |
"Grenade attack in Colaba market," read a Twitter message from a user named Abhishek Baxi on Saturday. Then a few minutes later. "Blast outside Oberoi Hotel in South Mumbai." Baxi was one of the first Twitter users to post updates about the attacks in Mumbai. But he was far from the last. The microblogging medium, along with several other new media platforms, saw its first sustained action in an international crisis. As awareness of the attacks spread, the Twitter throughput soared.
May 6, 2010 |
The lone surviving gunman in the 2008 attack on Mumbai that killed 166 people and terrified a nation was given the death penalty Thursday. The sentencing of Pakistani Mohammed Ajmal Kasab to hang for murder, conspiracy and waging war against the state followed his conviction Monday on all 86 counts against him. Kasab was one of 10 men reportedly trained in Pakistan who traveled to Mumbai by water in late November of that year, slipped ashore...
June 24, 2009 |
A court issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistani nationals accused of masterminding last year's deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks, including the founder of an Islamist militant group recently freed by a Pakistani court. Pakistan has vowed that it will not transfer any Mumbai suspects to longtime rival India, saying instead it will try them in its own courts. Among those sought by India were Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, whom Pakistani authorities arrested in December.
November 7, 2010 |
One of the first people President Obama met after checking in Saturday to the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower here was Karambir Singh Kang, the hotel's manager. Kang lost his wife, Niti, and their two sons in the terrorist attack on the hotel and other sites in Mumbai two years ago, but then went on to help save others. Obama made the refurbished hotel the first stop of his two-week trip to Asia in order to convey a message to plotters of that attack and others. "In our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity," he said, "the United States and India stand united.
February 25, 2010 |
They came, they met, they disagreed. The first formal meeting Thursday between India and Pakistan since the terrorist attack on the Indian city of Mumbai 15 months ago saw no breakthrough, as expected, although both sides termed it a first step in building confidence. "I would not characterize these talks as successful or unsuccessful," Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told reporters afterward. "We must pick up the pieces where this process was interrupted and try to rebuild trust."