Thursday, November 27, 2008

What I can figure on #mumbai

Been on twitter and lots of Indian news sites. Seems like 24 hours after the very well coordinated attacks on Mumbai (Bombay) there are three ongoing situations, at the famous Taj hotel, the Oberoi Trident hotel and the Nariman House. There are over 100 people dead and more than 300 wounded. The terrorists landed by boat and went to numerous sites including train stations, hospitals, restaurants and now there are these three active sites. The head of the anti-terrorist task force in India seemed to have been targeted and killed, just adding to the chaos.

Everyone, including the prime minister, is saying it's well-coordinated (yep) and must have ties to "external" forces. Who those external forces are is still to be found out. I have heard -- all pretty obvious or bizarre conspiracy -- Pakistan/Kashmir-related groups, Mossad, Somali pirates among the top. Seems like India sunk a ship that was under the control of the famous Somali pirates just recently.

It's pretty obvious that this was well-planned and supported...but many possibilities remain, including organized crime groups (well isn't that what terrorists really are?), internal Indian forces.

There is so much chaos. I just heard that each Indian state has their own intelligence agency so just imagine the crazy coordination between all these groups. India can be a pretty chaotic, vibrant place regularly, so I cannot imagine with this in its largest(?) city and financial center.

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