On the same day that India and Pakistan negotiated a joint anti-terrorism mechanism, agreeing to exchange information on terrorists, coordinated attacks struck India’s commercial capital Mumbai Wednesday. At least eight targets were hit and 100 are said to have been killed, and hostages are reportedly being held in the Hotel Oberoi. Although a previously unknown group claimed responsibility for the string of attacks, MSNBC implied that it could also be linked to Kashmiri separatist groups, like the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Although this blog focuses primarily on Pakistan, India is our next door neighbor, and today’s bombings are immensely tragic. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. To read updates by those in Mumbai and throughout the world on this story, read this Twitter page. [Image from the NY Times]
UPDATE [1220 EST]: The Lashkar-e-Toiba has denied any role in Wednesday’s attacks. Although Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said no one should be blamed until the investigations were concluded, Indian PM Manmohan Singh said the perpetrators were based “outside the country” and India would not tolerate “neighbors” who provide a haven to militants targeting it. According to BBC News, “Though he did not mention Pakistan by name, the inference was clear.”