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Nov-29-2008 13:27printcommentsVideo

Security Council Condemns ‘Reprehensible ’Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai (VIDEO)

This article contains a video report from Al Jazeera's Laura Kyle on the Mumbai attacks including the siege at the Taj Mahal Hotel.

The Taj Hotel at Mumbai
The Taj Hotel at Mumbai

(NEW DELHI ) - The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that started on November 26th, which included the taking of hostages and caused numerous deaths and injuries in India’s financial capital.

“The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of India,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press last night.

The attacks, which by Thursday had stretched into their third day, targeted two major hotel complexes and several other locations in India’s largest city, leaving at least 140 people dead and more than 300 wounded. Rescue operations are still ongoing to try to free the remaining hostages.

Council members “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice” and urged all States to cooperate with the Indian authorities in this regard.

“All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation,” the Council reiterated in its statement.

The Mumbai attacks are just the latest in a series of acts of terrorism to strike the South Asian nation over the course of the past year. The north-eastern state of Assam and the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi have all fallen victim to the scourge.

In the video report posted below, Al Jazeera's Laura Kyle reports on Indian security forces gaining control of the Mumbai hotel where gunmen had held guests hostage.

The conclusion of the siege at the Taj Mahal hotel marked the end of nearly three days of attacks by gunmen across Mumbai, India's financial hub.

Scores of people have been killed during the attackers' co-ordinated assaults, as Al Jazeera's Laura Kyle reports:

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