Wednesday 18 September 2019

India marks 10 years since Mumbai attacks

The Pakistani gunmen who waged the attacks were killed or captured.

A girl walks past a bullet-marked wall of the Chabad House in Mumbai (Rajanish Kakade/AP)
A girl walks past a bullet-marked wall of the Chabad House in Mumbai (Rajanish Kakade/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The United States has offered a new reward for information on the 2008 siege in Mumbai, as the city marks the 10th anniversary of attacks that killed 166 in India’s financial capital.

The Pakistani gunmen who waged the attacks were killed or captured.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday that those who planned the attack had not been convicted.

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Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, director of Chabad House, stands near a partially destroyed wall of the Jewish centre (Rajanish Kakade/AP)

He called on Pakistan to implement sanctions against those responsible and said the US was offering a new five million dollar (£3.9 million) reward and was committed to seeing them face justice.

On November 26 2008, the gunmen staged co-ordinated attacks in the heart of Mumbai.

They targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a tourist restaurant and a crowded train station in three days of carnage.

India blamed the attack on the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, throwing relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours into a tailspin.

Indian officials accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of working with the militant group to mastermind the attack, an allegation Islamabad denied.

We call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for this atrocity Mike Pompeo

“We call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for this atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its affiliates,” Mr Pompeo said in a statement.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.

“Our solidarity with the bereaved families. A grateful nation bows to our brave police and security forces who valiantly fought the terrorists during the Mumbai attacks,” he said in a statement.

In November 2012, India hanged the lone surviving gunman from the attacks.

India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to pursue the case more actively, demanding action against those it says are responsible.

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