Friday, December 5, 2008

Mumbai Attacker (India)

The November 2008 Mumbai attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Mumbai, India's financial capital and the largest city. The attacks began on 26 November 2008 and ended on 29 November 2008 when Indian security forces regained control of all attack sites. At least 188 people were killed and at least 293 were injured in the attacks.

Eight of the attacks took place at sites in South Mumbai proper: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, The Oberoi Trident, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Carna Hospital, the Orthodox Jewish-owned Nariman House, the Metro Cinema and a lane behind the Times of India building behind St. Xavier's College.There was also an explosion at the Mazagon docks in Mumbai's port area. A possible tenth incident involved a taxi blast at Vile Parle near the airport, but it is uncertain whether this was connected to the other nine attacks.

Initially, a previously unknown organization called the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility. Later Azam Amir Kasav, the single terrorist who was captured alive, disclosed that the attackers were members of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamic terrorist group.

The attacks drew widespread condemnation across the world.

The Mumbai attacks highlighted the increasing importance of social media and citizen journalism in the way events are reported. Many people covered the unfolding event on websites like Twitter and Flickr, which are largely clustered under search tags such as "mumbai" and "attack".

The day after the attacks, the Indian government asked Mumbai citizens to cease updating Twitter with live coverage of police activity. The New York Times and BBC offered live textual coverage online, as did many Indian bloggers; A map of the attacks was set up using Google Maps. The attacks have been dubbed by some journalists as "India's 9/11", a reference to the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States of America.

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