The death toll has risen to 125,with hundreds injured. Indian commandos raided the Oberoi Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel to free hostages held by the jihadis, and apparently got most of them out, although 35 people are still reported trapped in the Oberoi.
One of the sites targeted by the jihadis was the Chabad House in Mumbai, where the jihadis held eight Jews including Rabbi Gavriel Hotzberg,his wife Rivka and his family. According to Israel's Channel 2 news,they're safe after Indian commandos stormed the building.
For any of you whom doubt that Israel is a major front in the War on Jihad and that what happens there happens elsewhere sooner or later, remember that Israel has seen exactly these kind of attacks and tactics in the past.And reports are already coming out of the hotels that the jihadis sought people with American, British and Israeli passports for special attention.
This operation was meticulously planned to do maximum damage to Mumbai and cost the largest possible human toll. The jihadis were caught with an arsenal of high explosives that they were unable to detonate thanks to the bravery and quick response of India's commandos.
The relatively high level of training and planning leaves little doubt that the jihadis had support from at least some elements in the fragmented Pakistani government..most likely the ISI,Pakistan's equivalent of our CIA or Britain's MI5.
The attackers also likely originated in Pakistan, and speculation that some of the jihadis were landed from the sea was given substance by the seizure of a suspicious Pakistani freighter,the M V Alpha by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast near Mumbai.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in an address to country, condemned the attacks and charged they came from terrorists "based outside the country."
Singh also said his government would be setting up a federal government agency to coordinate against threats to public safety in India.
H epromised to "take up strongly with our neighbors that the use of their territory for launching attacks on us will not be tolerated and that there will be a cost if suitable measures are not taken by them."
With an election scheduled shortly and many Indians critical of the Congress party for failing to take decisive action to prevent terroist attacks like this one, Singh is under enormous pressure to take decisive steps.
Pakistani President Asif Zardari said Pakistan "strongly condemns the terrorist acts and the killing of innocent people" and also warned that blaming Pakistan for the carnage would "worsen relations."
I doubt that this was an official act carried out with Zaradari's knowledge and support, but Pakistan is essentially a failed state with whole areas of its territory not under government control and a number of rogue elements even within its official forces.