» 12/01/2008, 00.00
Jewish victims killed in Mumbai tortured before death
Autopsies show that the nine victims at the Jewish Center in Mumbai "were tied up and tortured before they were killed." The citizens of India's financial capital are paying homage to the victims, and the eyewitnesses of the attacks are recounting how their friends and coworkers died.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - A candlelight vigil in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on November 26. Around the monument of the Gateway of India and at the Taj Mahal hotel, symbols of the attacks, there is a constant procession. Citizens of the country's financial capital are also leaving placards in these locations with words like "long life to our martyrs" or "down with corrupt politicians."
Meanwhile, new details are emerging on the attacks and killings. The doctors who conducted the autopsies on the victims say that many of the bodies showed signs of torture. One doctor explains that "of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again."
The statements from the doctors confirm the initial information released by the Intelligence Bureau after early interrogations with the captured terrorist. As the intelligence services and Indian newspapers have reported, Ajmal Kamal, the terrorist arrested at the Jewish Nariman House, "said they were specifically asked to target the foreigners, especially the Israelis."
While protests are mounting against the political class and the government, held responsible for failing to guarantee security, India is burying its dead. On November 29, at the church of the Mother of God in Naigaon, in the suburbs north of Mumbai, the funeral was held for Jordon Fernandes, a 22-year-old young man shot to death during the attack on the Oberoi hotel. Other sources tell AsiaNews about the last moments of the young man employed in the Kandahar restaurant.
According to the reconstruction, after hearing the first shots the diners fled the room. A foreign customer then went to Jordon, begging him to get the documents that he had left in the restaurant. Jordon went back into the restaurant with his coworker Pradeep, and was caught by the terrorists. They told him to set the tablecloths on fire, but he refused, and one of them shot him at point blank range, killing him. The terrorists then set the tablecloths on fire. After asking Pradeep to show them where the elevators were, they went to the upper level, leaving the terrified Pradeep in an elevator that was out of order. He escaped through a service door in the back of the hotel.
Kirkuk: commando brigade attacks two Christian families, three killed
Today Louis Sako, the archbishop of Kirkuk, celebrated the funeral for the victims. The ceremony was attended by "the highest local authorities, and many Muslims," who demonstrated their "repugnance" for the new episodes of violence. Sources for AsiaNews speak of an "execution" with a "confessional" backdrop.
India's Muslims call Al Qaeda threats "stupid"
This is the reply to the intimidating message to New Delhi from the terrorist organization. One Jamia Millia Islamia teacher says Al Qaeda wants war between Pakistan and India, "we must not get caught in their trap."
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Pakistani delegation in India to promote peace after Mumbai massacre
The group, made up of 24 leading elements of civil society, intends to defuse the climate of tension between the two countries and promote the common struggle against terrorism. The delegates express hope for collaboration in the search for the truth about the authors of the attack, and stress the importance of an organization to work for peace in the region.
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Pakistani Christians condemn attacks in Mumbai
Solidarity and condolences of Christians for the victims, but also the firm intention to carry forward the dialogue and peace process between the two countries, unmasking those who do not want this.
05/12/2008 INDIA - PAKISTAN
Many more terrorists involved in Mumbai attacks
An expert says there were "at least 23 terrorists." The authorities are denying this. In an atmosphere of widespread fear, yesterday there was a false alarm for a shooting at the New Delhi airport. The media are accusing the Pakistani secret service.
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
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