Happy U.S. Thanksgiving

Faisel Nagel

Cool courage during an attack: Faisel Nagel

Mumbai, India, was subjected to several co-ordinated attacks by terrorists yesterday, on Colaba market and a Jewish Centre, two hotels, a cafe, a hospital, and the Chattrapati Shivaji Railway station. Over 100 people are killed and 1,000 wounded. It’s almost as bad as the attacks in 2006 or 1993.

Here’s something to be thankful for: the South African cricket team, including its team’s six security advisers, led 120 people out of the Taj hotel in Mumbai after it was attacked by terrorists. They organized, armed, called hotel security to tell them noncombatants were coming out, and led the people down 25 flights of stairs via a fire escape and out the back.

The story is here; it says 150 people escaped and the team advisers led 120 people out so I guess that puts 30 people with the cricket team the numbers are approximate. Check out the picture of the security guy: he looks like a serious dude.

Previous attacks in Mumbai:

  • July 11, 2006: More than 200 people killed in seven blasts on suburban trains and stations.
  • Aug 25, 2003: 46 people killed in two blasts including one near the Gateway of India.
  • March 12, 1993: A series of bomb blasts left 257 dead and around 700 injured. Buildings attacked included the Bombay Stock Exchange, hotels, theatres, passport office, Air India building and Sahar Airport.

3 Responses to “Happy U.S. Thanksgiving”

  1. Steve Says:

    Just to clarify: the South African cricket team were not in the hotel or even in the country at the time of these attacks – they are currently playing Bangladesh in South Africa.

    Cricket South Africa had sent a security team to India to prepare for the arrival of South African players ahead of a franchise tournament in Mumbai (which has now been cancelled).

    The security officials involved are contracted employees of Cricket South Africa – but the team certainly were not present, or involved in this rescue.

  2. bPer Says:

    On CBC Radio One this morning, someone was interviewed who speculated that the attackers were from (or financed by) the Pakistani ISI (security service). Apparently, they are upset about the way negotiations are proceeding between Pakistan and India over the fate of the Kashmir region and they wanted to destabilize the process. If true, this wouldn’t be the first time the ISI went rogue.

  3. monado Says:

    Thanks, Steve! I just assumed that the advisers were with the team at the time.

    bPer, I read a lot of early speculation that the attacks or the attackers were from Pakistan but that might just be guessing based on the bad relationship between the two countries.

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