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November 26th, 2008
08:44 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Terror in India

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/26/india.attacks/art.carry.ap.jpg caption="A wounded man is carried from the attacked rail station."]Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It's now just after 7am in Mumbai, India. It's the start of a new day. A choatic day.  India's largest city is in crisis mode after a series of terrorist attacks.

At least 10 sites were targeted,  includng two luxury hotels, a cafe, a hospital for women and children, a movie theatre and train station.

At least 87 people have been killed and another 185 others are wounded.

There are also believed to be hostages in the two hotels.  A witness told local television that he was in the one of the hotels around 10 p.m. local time  when gunmen entered the lobby and began rounding up guests, asking for anyone with a U.S. or British passport and taking hostage about 15 of them.

Let me put this terror rampage in perspective. A U.S. businessman in India who witnessed an explosion at the airport had an interesting way to put today's attacks in context for American viewers because Mumbai is like the New York of India.

"Today's attacks are like terrorists took over the Waldorf and the Ritz and then went on a shooting spree in Times Square," he said.

So, who's responsible for the bloodshed?  What was the motive?  And, should Americans be alert overseas and here at home?

We'll have the latest on this developing story tonight on AC360°.
Hope you can join us.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jaydip Gupta

    To me while we spend so much time in analysing and reasoning the attack, the core is never touched. It is extreme form of ignorance about the essence of human life, highest level of human greed and anger. To me we can never fight it with guns. Each one of us is responsible for this which ever part of the world we may belong. Peace comes with individual effort of each person and moves like a chain by me respecting another individual and it goes on. We need to defeat hatread in our life the core reason of such attack. Can media take the responsibility of educating people and not sensetizing the news. I do not believe there is any religion which preaches killing, people are not for religion, religion is for people

    November 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  2. Richard B.C. Canada

    Since U.S. and British citizens were targeted in Mubai maybe the strike was in retaliation for recent coalition drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas.

    Might this incident inspire both India and Pakistan's governments to work more closley with Afghanistan to collectively negotiate legitimate Taliban interests leading toward a regional peace agreement?

    November 27, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  3. IUnknown

    The email issued from the islamic militant group Deccan Mujahideen claiming responsibility for November 25, 2008 attacks in Mumbai actually mentions the group ‘Indian Mujahideen’ (and not Deccan Mujahideen). Maybe they are the same or a splinter group. The contents of this email are mysteriously similar to an email threat issued by the Indian Mujahideen group against Mumbai back in September 14, 2008 and published in a reputable Indian news daily – India Today. The real question is how seriously were these threats taken by the Indian authorities.

    Here are the links to both of these emails-

    Deccan Mujahideen’s claim:
    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24718115-5012747,00.html

    Indian Mujahideen’s threat:
    http://indiatoday.digitaltoday.in/index.php?option=com_content&issueid=71&task=view&id=15328&sectionid=4&Itemid=1

    November 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  4. Qaiser

    Indeed a terrible event. No justification what so ever. I don't consider this a muslim act at all.

    I just heard the conversation of terrorists and security agencies on GEO TV. They claim to be from Hyderabad Deccan (India) and they claim that they are retaliating to injustices done to them and with drawl of Indian army from Kashmir. Huh....!

    November 27, 2008 at 12:23 am |
  5. Vivek Mehta

    I live in NY and originally from Bombay. As a kid, we used to hang out at the Taj and Oberoi hotel for clubbing or meeting friends . Its unimaginable to see that on TV. What is even frightening is that i was in Bombay last month for work and stayed at the Taj and i heard the hotel staff and guests complaining about the increased security.. this is scary...

    November 26, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  6. Ritika

    These terror attacks just go to prove how vulnerable we are to this kind of carnage. This is not an internal isolated problem, this is a part of the a big puzzle that we know as "Global Terrorism". This is the time when US and India should get together in the fight against terrorism. They should develop a global intelligence system and act in coordination.This has to come to an end. we cannot switch on our TVs and watch something like this almost every other day.

    November 26, 2008 at 10:18 pm |

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