Last night the Indian capital of finance and entertainment was hit by a multiple of terrorist attacks. It was clearly coordinated, with targets such as the luxury hotels Taj and Oberoi, as well as a hospital, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Orthodox Jewish centre and the well-known restaurant Leopold Cafe.
Terrorist attacks have not been unusual in India’s recent history: This year only, there have been six big bomb attacks. However, the fact that the ongoing attack involved a combination of grenades, bombs and machines, and that the actors didn’t simply plant bombs, but are involved in fighting with the army and hostage taking, show a different strategy. A group called Deccan Mujahideen sent out emails to several Indian media companies yesterday claiming responsibility for the attacks. The Deccan Mujahideen is a previously unknown organisation, and it has been said that it is too early to know whether it is a real organisation or just a “cover-up” for an established organisation. Some think it’s an Al-Qaeda-style attack, whilst some argue for a homegrown movement..
More than 100 people have been reported killed, and 285 injured.