India's newspapers have produced many articles on the November 26-29, 2008, assault on Mumbai, India, that gripped the world. Some have managed to informs readers without being sensational. Yet, they were quite vivid in their description of how security services responded to attacks on south Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, the Oberoi-Trident Complex, the Nariman House in the Colaba section of the city, and other landmarks.
The operation to rescue hostages, kill or capture the attackers and gain control of commandeered facilities is known as "Operation Black Tornado." According to The Times of India, "The war on terror in Mumbai ended on Saturday, November 29, 2008, when security forces "eliminated three terrorists in [the] Taj hotel after 60 hours of intense battle with the band of ultras who struck the country's financial capital killing 195 people.( Watch )" Also see The Hindu's November 29, 2008, article headlined "Endgame in Mumbai, death toll could be 200."
The attacks were launched on November 26, 2008, from the sea, purportedly a group calling itself Deccan Mujahidden. See "Who are the Deccan Mujahidden?" Some observer think Laskar e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based group, was behind the attacks. See "Three Lashkar fidayeen captured." A November 29, 2008, article in the Pakistani newspaper Dawn says "Clues nudge India to look beyond Pakistan." According to The International News, a Pakistani newspaper, "Pakistan offers support to India in fighting ‘common enemy.’
Some of the attackers reportedly are Britons of Pakistani origin. See "Too early to say attackers are Britons, says Brown."
Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister, told a press conference in Islamabad on November 29, 2008, that Pakistan will punish any Pakistan-based group involved in the Mumbai attacks.
"Any entity or group involved in the ghastly act, the Pakistani government will proceed against it," he said, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
Regardless of who is the behind the attack, the main questions are: How did the attackers pull it off? See "Mumbai locals helped us, terrorist tells cops."
Why was Indian intelligence, the Navy and Coast Guard derelict in their duty, if they were? For an analysis, see The Economic Times of India's "Failure of Indian intelligence: The buck stops nowhere." Also see "World’s media see intelligence failures in Mumbai attacks."