India is sad

There's been a massive, multi-prong terrorist attack all over the high-end area of Mumbai. What a nightmare.... I've heard Mumbai is awesome, I've wanted to go there for a while. Indians are really great people, I'm hoping no one I know lost any friends or family in this - this horror is the worst thing we've seen in a long time.

Bombay under attack by gun-toting and low-intensity bombs-exploding men/terrorists | The Agonist

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Mumbai attacks: coordinated nature of shootings points to shadowy Islamist group | World news |

It was only on Sunday that the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh – announcing the formation of a task force to tackle terrorism - warned of the scale of the threat facing the country.

"I only wish to emphasise here that time is not on our side," he said. "We cannot afford a repetition of the kind of terrorist attacks that have recently taken place in Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Guwahati and some other urban centres."

Although tonight's killings involved gunmen rather than the bombs used in the earlier attacks, the degree of co-ordination involved points to the same hand at work.

The most obvious suspect will be a group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen, an offshoot of the banned SIMI (the Students Islamic Movement).

It claimed responsibility for the bombings in Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad and following the Delhi bombings it issued an explicit threat that Mumbai would be next.

In an email – its favoured method of communication – it accused the ciy's anti-terrorism squad of harassing Muslims.

"You should know that your acts are not at all left unnoticed; rather we are closely keeping an eye on you and just waiting for the proper time to execute your bloodshed," the email warned. "You are already on our hit-list and this time very very seriously."

One name that will be at the forefront of the investigators' minds is that of Abdul Subhan Qureshi, also known as Tauqeer, a Mumbai-educated member of the Indian Mujahideen credited with masterminding several of the previous attacks.

Reports from India's intelligence agencies claim he has been able to use his expertise as a computer engineer to stay one step ahead of his pursuers and to coordinate attacks.

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VOA News - Afghan President Says He's Powerless to Stop US Airstrikes India & Pakistan: Sri Lankan Rebel Chief to Rally Tamil Support in Annual Speech :

By Shani Raja

Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The leader of the Tamil Tigers will use his annual speech today to rally rebel fighters and sympathizers, as Sri Lankan government forces close in on the group’s northern headquarters.

The rebel force of as many as 10,000 fighters is mounting stiff resistance to military advances on Kilinochchi after losing eastern strongholds in July last year.

Velupillai Prabhakaran will use his speech as a “clarion call to supporters both in Sri Lanka and overseas,” said Amantha Perera, a defense columnist for the Colombo-based Sunday Leader newspaper. “He’s likely to talk of strategic moves by the Tigers, and to promise battlefield successes."

The government has pledged to deliver a decisive blow to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by the end of this year, as it faces mounting pressure from India to avert a humanitarian crisis, as well as potential strains on its military budget caused by the global economic downturn.

Prabhakaran’s annual “Martyrs’ Day” address, a tribute to fallen fighters, is closely watched for signs of new political or strategic thinking by the rebels.

The LTTE leader has used past speeches to stoke sympathy for the rebel cause among ethnic Tamils across the world, including in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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I would be really careful about jumping to conclusions about perpetrators. This attack had some kind of serious intelligence support, I would bet. It seems likely this will escalate tensions inside India, and cause rioting elsewhere - one of the key elements of political fallout to look for.

So sorry to have this happen... The problems just keep on coming.

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