Washington, DC. 26 November, 2008. The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC, www.usinpac.com) condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. "The terrorists specifically targeted U.S. and British nationals, and while we do not know the identities of the hostages, it is possible that some of them are U.S. citizens," said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC. "The hearts of USINPAC and the entire Indian American community are with the families of the victims and hostages."
Terrorists attacked several crowded locations in Mumbai including the Oberoi, Trident, and Taj Mahal hotels, Leopald Restaurant, a police station, and a crowded rail station. Terrorists currently have hostages in the Oberoi and Taj hotels and are facing off with Indian law enforcement, including the Indian Army and Mumbai's Anti-terrorism Squad. At the time of this release, at least 78 people are dead and over 200 injured.
"In the coming days and weeks USINPAC will brief key members of Congress, the Bush Administration, and the incoming Obama Administration about the situation," said Puri. "USINPAC will also visit India, specifically New Delhi and Mumbai, to meet with Indian officials." USINPAC will continue to advocate for increased US-India counter-terrorism cooperation, specifically intelligence sharing.
USINPAC strongly urges that the United States stand with the Government and people of India at this time with decisive action. The lives of U.S. citizens could be in the balance, and it is imperative that U.S. government agencies offer their full assistance to the Indian authorities. If we allow such attacks to occur in democratic allies such as India and elsewhere, we will embolden the terrorists to further threaten our interests, and those of our friends, everywhere.