More on the Mumbai blasts


by Sunny
27th November, 2008 at 1:47 pm    


Some more snippets. The terrorists are definitely Muslim:

A militant holed up inside Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel told India TV on Thursday that seven attackers were holding hostages inside the luxury establisment. There are seven of us inside hotel Oberoi,” the man identified as Sahadullah told India TV. “We want all Mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people. Release all the Mujahideens, and Muslims living in India should not be troubled,” he said.

Yeah I can really see them releasing more mujahadeens.

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Sajjad Karim MEP was at Taj Hotel when it was attacked and told the Guardian:

“All I saw was one man on foot carrying a machine-gun type of weapon – which I then saw him firing from and I saw people hitting the floor, people right next to me,” said Sajjad Karim, MEP for the north-west of England. “I was in the lobby of the hotel when gunmen came in and people started running. There were about 25 or 30 of us,” said the Tory MEP, speaking by mobile phone from a barricaded basement room. “Some of us split one way and some another. A gunman just stood there spraying bullets around, right next to me.

“I managed to turn away and I ran into the hotel kitchen and then we were shunted into a restaurant in the basement of the hotel. We are now in the dark in this room and we’ve barricaded all the doors. It’s really bad.”

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  1. Jai — on 27th November, 2008 at 2:50 pm  

    Some more snippets. The terrorists are definitely Muslim:

    A militant holed up inside Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel told India TV on Thursday that seven attackers were holding hostages inside the luxury establisment. There are seven of us inside hotel Oberoi,” the man identified as Sahadullah told India TV. “We want all Mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people. Release all the Mujahideens, and Muslims living in India should not be troubled,” he said.

    Well, if the above is accurate and verified, then I guess it provides an appropriate counter-response to certain commenters on the other thread who have made inflammatory remarks about “Indians reverting to type” and (falsely) “trying to blame Muslims whenever something goes wrong”.

  2. Jai — on 27th November, 2008 at 3:02 pm  

    Incidentally, I think that a little more sensitivity and a little less knee-jerk opportunistic agenda-pushing from racists or religious jingoists with a grudge against India would be a good idea. I’ve noticed that there have been several examples of this kind of behaviour by a couple of commenters during the past few days.

    Or, if you hate India or people from a different religious or ethnic background from you, just be completely honest and open about it, instead of cowardly hiding your true stance and motivations like the BNP.

  3. Sunny — on 27th November, 2008 at 4:07 pm  

    yup, agreed

  4. mk1 — on 27th November, 2008 at 6:56 pm  

    http://ikhwanweb.com/Article.asp?ID=18774&SectionID=100

    some crackpots are blaming the hindu right and mossad for these attacks.

  5. Vikrant — on 27th November, 2008 at 7:01 pm  

    I agree with Jai as well. Back in the day, it just used to be raz and his hyperbolic insinuations against India! He was actually fun to debate with, cuz they usually ended up with trading pictures of Lahori and Delhi hotties!

    instead of cowardly hiding your true stance and motivations like the BNP.

    Actually what i find annoying is how Sky and everyone have been discounting the Indian deaths and are incessantly covering the whole “British and Americans targeted” angle, that is just one bloody aspect of the bastard incident. Now over at some Tory blogs we have BNP prats braying about how this was a racist attack and an ethnic cleansing blah blah! Twats!

    Anyhoo its Thanksgiving here in Yankeeland, so yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to y’all.

  6. raz — on 27th November, 2008 at 10:52 pm  

    yo to sunny, jai and vikrant. raz retired from active duty on the PP comments section a long time ago but is coming out of hibernation to salute his old adversaries. RIP to all innocent victims of terror.

  7. Sana — on 27th November, 2008 at 11:09 pm  

    I agree with the above remark that sensitivity is required and condolences and sympathy should be given rather than attempts to explain away the horror. But all I see on this blog and others is Pakistani and Indian bloggers who are otherwise very reasonable getting at each others throats over this. But it is (what is commonly perceived as) a knee-jerk blame Pakistan reaction followed by a knee-jerk blame-India reaction and I am afraid the vicious cycle will only get worse. It seems like that is another evil product of terrorism, turning people against each other, people who have nothing to do with it in the first place. For the sake of neighbourly support and humanity, I am truly sorry for your loss and it is terrible to see this beautiful city being treated this way. I have seen mine own (Karachi) slip into chaos many times and it never stops being painful. Funnily enough, we have a common enemy, so why can’t people see that?

  8. Kismet Hardy — on 28th November, 2008 at 9:33 am  

    Are the deccan-heads really demanding the release of ALL mujahideen prisoners? What everywhere in the world? Do they have a list of names to help the process along? Talk about unrealistic. Why don’t they just man up and say: fuck it, we just want to kill people.

  9. billericaydicky — on 28th November, 2008 at 10:33 am  

    It now seems that the attackers are all Muslims. The Spanish newspaper El Pais yesterday raised the possibility of Hindu extremists but I haven’t seen any mention of the Mossad. They usually get roped in somewhere along the line.

    I phoned my friend the Indian writer Mal Sen (Bandit Queen and Death by Fire) to see if she was alright. She had been in Bonbay recently and it turned out that she had met het Indian publisher in the Taj a couple of weeks ago. It brings it home to you when someone you know might have been a victim.

  10. Jai — on 28th November, 2008 at 1:53 pm  

    Very nice comment by Sana in #7, I thought.

  11. bananabrain — on 28th November, 2008 at 2:10 pm  

    a friend of mine used to live in mumbai and counts the rabbi and his wife of the chabad house as his friends. i fear the worst seeing the latest news.

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

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