The Dim-Post

November 27, 2008


Filed under: general news — danylmc @ 11:56 am

CST Rail Terminus. Mumbai, Maharashtra

Mumbai: In one of the most violent terror attacks on Indian soil, Mumbai came under an unprecedented night attack as terrorists used heavy machine guns, including AK-47s, and grenades to strike at the city’s most high-profile targets — the hyper-busy CST (formerly VT) rail terminus; the landmark Taj Hotel at the Gateway and the luxury Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point; the domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Cama and GT hospitals near CST; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and Mazgaon Dockyard — killing at least 80 and sending more than 900 to hospital, according to latest reports.

The attacks occurred at the busiest places. Besides hotels and hospitals, terrorists struck at railway stations, Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport. Several of these places are within a one-km radius of the commissioner of police’s office.

“This is definitely a terrorist strike. Seven places have been attacked with automatic weapons and grenades. Terrorists are still holed up in three locations Taj and Oberoi hotels and GT Hospital. Encounters are on at all three places,” said Maharashtra DGP A N Roy.

Times of India. Terror Attacks in Mumbai

So far as I know this is the first time Indian based terrorists have specifically targeted westerners in an attack. This suggests to me that this is some kind of domestic group and not a Pakistani proxy – although its hard to imagine how someone without a state sponsor could pull off something like this.

India being India we’re likely to see widespread anti-muslim reprisals over the next few days; I’d also say a lot of criticism is headed in the direction of the Indian Intelligence agencies. The attacks in Mumbai appear to have been large scale, well equipped, highly co-ordinated and well planned. There’s not much you can do to prevent suicide bombers from blowing up a bus but it’s inexcusable for a domestic intelligence service to fail to detect and prevent something on this scale.


  1. Yes Danyl, your comment is spot on but I think you are a bit harsh in your comment about reprisals. After all, these murderers do call themselves Mujahideen so it’s hard to imagine they are a dissident gang of Hindus.

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — November 27, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  2. After all, these murderers do call themselves Mujahideen so it’s hard to imagine they are a dissident gang of Hindus.

    Dude, I don’t have any problem with reprisals against the people who did it, but I don’t think they’re the muslims Danyl was thinking of.

    Comment by lyndon — November 27, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  3. Bear in mind also that reprisals against a community in India often constitute near-genocidal massacres (God forbid that it should happen in this case) and can’t really be criticised harshly enough.

    Comment by Ben — November 27, 2008 @ 2:15 pm

  4. On that basis the Indian intelligence services join the Yanks, the Brits and the Spanish and the Russians who have also failed to detect and prevent major domestic terror incidents. Exalted company.

    Comment by adamsmith1922 — November 28, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

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