Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Years Since 26/11: Prime Minister Says Congress In Power During Mumbai Attacks

Years Since 26/11: Prime Minister Says Congress In Power During Mumbai Attacks

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and all Americans, I express my solidarity with the people of India and the city of Mumbai on the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attack.

It is the third such reward offered by the USA after the State Department announced bounties of $10 million for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and $2 million for Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, another senior leader of the group.

The Department of State's Rewards for Justice (RFJ) Program meanwhile said it was offering up to $5 million "for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired to commit, or aided or abetted" the execution of the attack.

"It is a matter of deep anguish that even after 10 years of this heinous terror attack, the families of 166 victims from 15 countries across the globe still await closure", it said.

"All countries must uphold their worldwide obligations to take action against this United Nations sanctioned terrorist group and its leaders", said Nathan Sales, State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism in his brief remark.

Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, but was freed by a court in Pakistan in 2009.

On 26 November 2008, 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a recognised terror outfit, carried out 12 shootings and bombings across Mumbai, in a siege that lasted four days and claimed at least 160 lives.

France reiterated its condemnation for all forms of terrorism across the world and demanded that such crimes should not go unpunished.

Mumbai's police force will remember the more than a dozen officers who were killed, many while fighting the militants, at a ceremony starting at 09:30 am local time. Pakistan, however, continues to act at snail's pace.

Also, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar cited the official Twitter account of British Deputy High Commission in Mumbai and retweeted them saying, "Today we remember families of victims and survivors of the #MumbaiTerrorAttacks".

The fifth floor served as the erstwhile residence of the slain rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka and their toddler son Moshe, who was barely two and saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel, from the terrorists' indiscriminate firing that night.

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