Terrorist Attack In India
Terrorists strike in Mumbai, hold hostages...
Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India's financial capital, killing at least eighty-two, wounding two hundred and fifty people and taking some Westerners hostage. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.
A series of explosions had rocked the Taj Mahal Hotel. Screams were heard and black smoke billowed from the century-old edifice on Mumbai's waterfront. Firefighters sprayed water at the blaze and plucked people from balconies with extension ladders. After dawn, the fire was still burning.
My sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims.
Mumbai has frequently been targeted in terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, including a series of bombings in July 2006 that killed one hundred eighty-seven people.
Here at home Federal authorities have received a "plausible but unsubstantiated" report that al Qaeda may have discussed targeting transit systems in or around New York.
Hopefully these terrorist's and their violence will not dominate this holiday weekend...be careful out there.