India marks 10 years since Mumbai attacks
It's been a decade since the terror attacks that nearly brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war, and cost the lives of 166 people, among whom six Israeli causalities; the US offers a reward for the capture of the terrorists who planned the attacks, and have not yet been caught.
Mumbai marked on Monday the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed 166, including six Israelis. Meanwhile, the United States made a new reward offer for information on the 2008 siege.
The Pakistani gunmen who waged the attack were killed or captured. But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that those who planned the attack had not been convicted.
Pompeo called on Pakistan to implement sanctions against those responsible and said the US was offering a new $5 million reward and was committed to seeing those responsible face justice.
On Nov. 26, 2008, gunmen staged coordinated attacks in the heart of Mumbai. They targeted two luxury hotels, including the famous Taj Mahal hotel, a well known restaurant in the city's touristic Colaba region, and the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj train station.
The Mumbai Chabad House, a Jewish center in the city, was also attacked during the three days of carnage. Rabbi Gabriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah, who managed the center, were killed along with six of their Israeli guests.
India blamed the attack on the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, throwing relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors into a tailspin. Indian officials accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of working with the militant group to mastermind the attack—an allegation Islamabad denied.
"We call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for this atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its affiliates," Pompeo said in a statement.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.
"Our solidarity with the bereaved families. A grateful nation bows to our brave police and security forces who valiantly fought the terrorists during the Mumbai attacks," he said in a statement.
In November 2012, India hanged the lone surviving gunman from the attacks. India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to pursue the case more actively, demanding action against those it says are responsible.