Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mumbai: Well-Planned and Intel'd

Still an open question whether it was Paki or Al-Quaeda affiliated...

Some heavy stuff brought in:

One commando was killed two others injured in the operation at Taj in which one rucksack full of plastic explosives, eight–nine loaded AK–47 magazines, large amounts of ammunition, hand grenades, detonators, batteries, wrist watches for IEDs, foreign currencies, fake credit cards, dry fruits and cash carried by the terrorists were recovered

The explosives were ID'd as RDX, a military-grade plastique.

At least some of the terrorists, said to be in their early twenties and armed with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades, landed on the coast of Mumbai’s commercial and entertainment neighbourhood in light and fast Gemini boats, powered by small outboard motors.

These inflatable dinghies, according to Indian navy sources quoted by the Headlines Today TV news channel, were launched from a larger vessel, the MV Alfa, which arrived near Mumbai sometime yesterday and anchored offshore a distance from India’s financial capital…

By this time the vessel had left the vicinity of Mumbai. When first reported by the news channel today, the MV Alfa was said to be off the Gujarat coast and heading towards Pakistan.

The Alfa was captured by the Indian navy, complete with all sorts of documentation and stuff.

It appears that Jewish people were a target (along with US and British.)

Why Mumbai/Bombay?

...the Indian approach to terrorism has been consistently haphazard and weak-kneed. When faced with fundamentalist demands, India’s democratically elected leaders have regularly preferred caving to confrontation on a point of principle. The country’s institutions and culture have abetted a widespread sense of Muslim separateness from the national mainstream. The country’s diplomats and soldiers have failed to stabilize the neighborhood. The ongoing drama in Mumbai underscores the price both Indians and non-Indians caught unawares must now pay.

Current dead approximates 200, but nothing firm on that for at least another day.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah---More from the "religion of peace"!

Jack said...

Looks like Biden's time table was a little off....

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