India completes tenth anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks today that left 166 people dead and over 300 people injured.
Ten years back, Ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists sailed into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks that lasted three days. The terrorists carried out bomb explosions and holding innocents hostage as a fight back by security forces continued for the next 60 hours. Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Leopold Cafe were targetted in the attack that made headlines across the world.
The ten attackers, who were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades -- belonged to Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Mumbai's police force will remember the more than a dozen officers who were killed, many while fighting the terrorists.
Relatives of the victims will lay wreaths at a police memorial honouring the dead. Chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis will attend the ceremony.
People are also expected to pay their respects at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus where Ajmal Kasab, the only gunman caught alive, and another attacker killed almost 60 people and wounded at least 100 others.
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel will hold a private service to remember the 31 people who died there.
Over 60 hours four attackers shot dead guests and hotel staff, detonated explosives and set parts of the building -- including its famous dome -- on fire.
The dramatic scenes were beamed live on television as commandos battled the heavily armed gunmen and guests tried to escape out of windows using bed sheets.
Security forces only retook control of the hotel on the morning of November 29.
More than 30 people also died at the Oberoi and Trident hotels in a 42-hour siege involving shootings, explosions and hostage-taking.
Six hostages -- including the rabbi and his pregnant wife -- were also killed at Nariman House.
“The United States is committed to working with our international partners to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attack,” it said. Today’s announcement marks the third RFJ reward offer seeking information on the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.
In April 2012, the Department of State announced reward offers for information that brings to justice LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, another senior LeT leader.
In December 2001, the Department of State designated LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. This designation plays a critical role in the fight against terrorism and is an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business, the State Department said. In May 2005, the United Nations (UN) 1267 Sanctions Committee added LeT to the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List. The State Department said that anyone with information on this incident can contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (800-877-3927 in North America), or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA). Individuals may also contact the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. “All information will be kept strictly confidential,” it said.
The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of USD150 million to more than 100 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.