US calls for bringing 26/11 perpetrators to justice

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WASHINGTON: As India marked the 11th anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, the United States Department of State on Monday (local time) called for the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage to be brought to justice as soon as possible.

US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus took to Twitter saying 11 years ago, “a cowardly act of terrorism” took the lives of 166 people, including six US citizens.

“Today we remember the victims of the #MumbaiTerrorAttack, and stand with their families in demanding that those responsible for this heinous event face justice,” she added.

Mumbai had come to a standstill on this day 11 years ago when 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who came to Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan carried out a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across the city.

Attacks took place at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, Cama Hospital, Nariman House business and residential complex, Leopold Cafe, Taj Mahal Hotel and Tower and the Oberoi-Trident Hotel.

Meanwhile, the US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Tuesday urged for a strong and united stand to defeat terrorism as India marked the 11th anniversary of Mumbai terror blasts that killed nearly 166 people in 2008.

“Today marks the 11th Anniversary of the #MumbaiTerrorAttack.  As we remember and honor the victims and stand side-by-side with the people of India, we must remain strong and united in the face of terrorism, and more determined than ever to defeat it,” the ambassador wrote on Twitter after paying tributes to the victims of the attacks. (ANI)