Attacks in Mumbai, India

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 13, 2011

Indian authorities have confirmed that on July 13, 2011, at approximately 7:10 p.m. local time, three explosions were detonated in southern and central Mumbai. The blasts are reported to have occurred at the Opera House district and Jhaveri Bazar in southern Mumbai, and at Dadar West in central Mumbai. U.S. citizens living and traveling in India are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling in STEP, U.S. citizens can keep up to date with important safety and security announcements. U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Consular Affairs website for the latest security information. Up-to-date information can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

On the attacks in Mumbai, President Barack Obama released the following statement:

"I strongly condemn the outrageous attacks in Mumbai, and my thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and those who have lost loved ones. The U.S. government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of our citizens. India is a close friend and partner of the United States. The American people will stand with the Indian people in times of trial, and we will offer support to India's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice. During my trip to Mumbai, I saw firsthand the strength and resilience of the Indian people, and I have no doubt that India will overcome these deplorable terrorist attacks."

During a press availability today with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said:

"We condemn these despicable acts of violence designed to provoke fear and division. Those who perpetrated them must know they cannot succeed. The Indian people have suffered from acts of terrorism before, and we have seen them respond with courage and resilience. We are continuing to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of American citizens. Our hearts are with the victims and their families, and we have reached out to the Indian Government to express our condolence and offer support.

"I will be traveling to India next week as planned. I believe it is more important than ever that we stand with India, deepen our partnership, and reaffirm our commitment to the shared struggle against terrorism."

Comments

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H..S. P.
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India
July 14, 2011

Krishna P. in India writes:

It is very heartening to see the prompt response from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the US President Barack Obama himself, strongly condemning the terrorist attack on Mumbai and offering their sympathies to the families of those bereaved and others injured. This strengthens the bond between US and India.Let's both work together against terrorism not only in India, Pakistan or Afghanistan, but anywhere else also in the world. PEACE IS OF THE ESSENCE.

palgye
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South Korea
July 14, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

watch out

donald M.
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Virginia, USA
July 14, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

How many years now have we said time after time that the country of Pakistan is not a country to do business with or have dealings with, yet our country has funnelled billions into it, and they still continue to conduct terror activity against the Indians.

Doesn't anyone know the word "Freeze" when you have a country that continues to train terrorist, buy weapons from other countries like China, then double cross our intelligence agencies for ten years, the word "Freeze comes to mind" you need to freezee any funds going to Pakistan.

When President Barack Obama gave the Medal of Honor to the soldier who saved two lives in Afghanistan and lost his hand he should of been promoted to LT. These guys are our family. We are proud of what they do for our country. A salute to the soldier who saves lives.

How can the State Department sleep at night knowing Billions of US currency went into Pakistan to fight against our soldiers, sailors or Marines in Afghanistan, how does that sit with our family the "American Family" because seems like after the 800 million dollars frozen the first response Pakistan gave was how they would remove the army from the borders. Well if they were doing the job right on the borders, our guys would not be losing hands in combat.

Start investing in countries that do NOT promote terrorism.

A snake will always be a snake. You can spend how you all see fit at the State Department but your not going to change how those people live, or think, or how they have it in their heads to destroy human lives. It would of been great if they could receive the proper medical treatment to deal with all the Mental Disorders in Pakistan, but the smartest choice in all this is to cut your losses and move our forces out of there. Nobody had ever won Afghanistan. In my opinion protect our country, our borders, and our people, thats what the Constitution of the United States is all about, NOT rebuilding other Nations or providing democracy for countries with Dictactors we might not approve. We need to rebuild the United States of America before we get a wake up call from the Chinese.

Godbless and peace out!

praveen
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India
July 14, 2011

Praveen in India writes:

prayers wont help madam

as everyone has been praying since ages

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 14, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

If there's any silver lining to be found in this , it's in the fact that after the attack on India's parliment that drove them to the brink of nuclear war with Pakistan, and the attack on Mumbai in 2008, I doubt if India will fall into the manipulative trap given that one learns from the enemy and this has been tried one too many times to react in the same manner again.

Designed this time to unhinge any peace seeking dialogue between them, the only way the terrorist gets what they want is if these nations refuse to talk peace or refuse to become allies against this common enemy.

Better I think would be India's iniative to invite Pakistan's leadership to a meet up with themselves and the Sec. of State when she arrives and devise a working program to cause every terrorist in the region to walk the path to peace or rest in peace as fertilizer, taking no prisoners in that process.

If they can compete for the guiness book of records on the number of trees 300 folks can plant in a day, I would suggest they go for the record books on the number of terrorists they can plant by the end of the year as a joint effort.

That would be a more productive use of their time than the eternal blame game going on between them over Kashmir.

In other words, to do exactly what what the terrorist least expects them to do will do more to prevent any repeat occurence when their tactics have utterly failed and backfired upon them.

If the two nations are ever to eventually come to trust one another enough to reach a lasting peace instead of this perpetual hot 'n cold war they attach themselves to now, this is the only way to do it.

Sec. Clinton's role in this is not unlike Dep Sec Armitage's in stopping that car in time, so when we leave our combat role in 2014, the entire region has become both a nuclear weapons -free zone as well as terror free.

I personally have great confidence and anticipate she'll be able top convince them to achieve that peace leaving Kashmire a co-nationally administered, locally governed park ( given it's natural beauty, that's the potential tourist trap I'm looking to vist someday)

Folks worry about the security of Pakistani nukes falling into terrorist hands, but claims the are secure fall on my deaf ears when they both become manipulated to use them to nuke themselves, get my drift people?

I hope they do.

It's like watching the blind leading the blind over oblivion's cliff sometimes.

I'm really tired of watchin' re-runs.

Godspeed on your travels Madam Secretary, I hope these words serve you well in your endeavors.

EJ

Rajan P.
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India
July 14, 2011

Rajan P. in India writes:

It is now relevant more than ever that the world lives and behaves as per the words of Jesus Christ.

afshan
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India
July 14, 2011

Afshan in India writes:

why this terrorist killing the innocent people without any reason thy are just spoiling the name of Islam

hands59
July 14, 2011

W.W. writes:

Nobel price 2011 for peace for Clinton

Ashim C.
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India
July 14, 2011

Ashim C. in India writes:

Statements flow as blood flows of innocent Indians only this time. We have lost count of innocent lives lost to terrorists from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Mumbai to Imphal and beyond. In these, shadows of hands of not only our western neighbour but agents of northern neighbour had been seen on saveral occasions earlier. May God save us because neither Government nor international community can.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 14, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Afshan in India,

To answer your very good question;

Terrorists possess a total lack of empathy, if they had even a spark, they woudn't do what they do.

For them to take life is easier than getting one for themselves.

To seek 72 virgins in the hereafter is for them a lot easier than getting laid in this dimention of reality.

Their low spark of intellectual laziness they think honor's the words of Mohammed in the Quoran, and they are too stupid to know better than to interpret them any differently.

All this is pretty self evident.

What else do you want to know?

EJ

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