Earlier today, terrorists attacked popular luxury hotels in Mumbai, India using machine-guns and grenades, killing at least 82 people and wounding 240. At the moment, “scores of tourists” remain trapped in one of the hotels. In response, President-elect Obama issued the following statement:
President-Elect Obama strongly condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, and his thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the people of India. These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism. The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks. We stand with the people of India, whose democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks.
A group known as the “Deccan Mujahideen” has claimed responsibility. Earlier tonight, CNN’s Barbara Starr referred to the attacks as a “game-changer” according to “intelligence services around the world.” “Senior U.S. officials telling me just a few moments ago this is possibly the most well-coordinated attack they have seen in some time,” she added.