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On 26 November 2008 attacks on several locations in India's main commercial city, Mumbai, killed nearly 200 people and injured many more. In India there have been accusations that the authorities ignored warnings that such attacks were possible, while the government has claimed that the organisers were based in Pakistan. That has revived tension in the uneasy relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, disrupting a peace process which had made its first tentative steps. And it has worried the US and western powers, which fear that it could weaken their fight against Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters on the border with Afghanistan. RFI has followed the fallout from the attacks, with reports and analysis.

Since the attacks

India - Mumbai attacks anniversary

A man walks with the Indian national flag Thursday in front of the Taj Mahal hotel(Photo: Reuters)

Ceremonies, prayers mark Mumbai atrocities one year on

India has marked the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks on Mumbai with a show of security and ceremonies to honour the 166 victims killed. On the eve of the anniversary, a Pakistani anti-terror court charged seven suspects in connection with the attacks.

2009-11-26 06:49 TU

India - Mumbai bombings trial

Mohammad Haneef Sayyed sits in a police van on his way to the court in Mumbai.(Photo : Reuters)

Three receive death sentence in Mumbai for bomb attack

Three people have been sentenced to hang for killing 52 people in a series of blasts in Mumbai in 2003.

2009-08-06 14:21 TU



Police give public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam (C, in black outfit) a hero's welcome after court proceedings Monday

Hang me, says Mumbai gunman

The defendant in the Mumbai attacks trial has told the judge that he would welcome the death penalty. His appeal came after he confessed to his part in the November attacks which led to the deaths of 166 people.

2009-07-22 12:40 TU

India - Mumbai attacks

Paramilitary troops patrol a residential area Monday around Arthur Road Jail, where Mohammad Ajmal Kasab is being held.(Photo: Reuters)

Judge adjourns Mumbai attacks trial

The Mumbai attacks trial has been adjourned to allow the prosecution more time to respond to the defendant's dramatic confession that he was involved. The lone surviving gunman on Monday admitted guilt to a special prison court.

2009-07-21 17:35 TU

India - Mumbai attacks

Police stand guard at the shores of Arabian Sea in Mumbai (Photo: Reuters)

Mumbai gunman confesses before Indian court

The only surviving gunman from the Mumbai terrorist attacks has pleaded guilty on Monday at a trial before a special prison court in India.

2009-11-26 07:06 TU

India - terror trial

Police outside Arthur Road jail in Mumbai ahead of the trial of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab(Photo: Reuters)

Mumbai attacks trial adjourned as soon as it opens

An Indian judge adjourned the trial of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, accused of taking part in November's Mumbai attacks, as soon as it opened on Wednesday, ruling that Kasab's defence lawyer had to step down due to a conflict of interest.

2009-04-15 14:13 TU


Indian policemen stand guard at a police complex believed to be housing the lone surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab.(Photo: Reuters)

Trial of Mumbai attack suspect begins

The trial of the only surviving gunman from the ten-man team that led attacks in Mumbai appeared in court on Monday and told the court he could not afford a lawyer but would accept court-appointed counsel. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman told the court he came from the Punjab region in Pakistan.

2009-03-23 14:20 TU


Flames come out of the Taj Mahal hotel during a gun battle, 29 November 2008(Photo: Reuters)

India says it has proof of Pakistan’s involvement in Mumbai attacks

India’s government says that it has “overwhelming evidence” that “official agencies” in Pakistan were involved in planning the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November that left more than 165 people dead.

2009-03-21 15:59 TU


Rehman Malik shows pictures of trawlers used by the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks(Photo: Reuters)

Delhi welcomes Islamabad's probe into Mumbai attacks

India has welcomed Pakistan's admission that part of the planning on last year's attacks in Mumbai took place on its territory. Delhi described Thursday's statement by a top Pakistani official as "a positive development" but called on Islamabad to dismantle the "infrastructure of terrorism".

2009-02-12 15:46 TU

India/Pakistan - interview

Shivshankar Menon.(Photo: Indian government)

Pakistan’s official reaction to Mumbai evidence “within days or weeks”?

After two months, India waits patiently for Pakistan to give an official response to evidence it delivered to Islamabad linking “elements” in Pakistan to the attacks on Mumbai in November 2008. India's foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon told RFI that India does not believe the Pakistani government orchestrated the attacks.

2009-02-06 12:09 TU


The Defence and Home Ministry buildings in New Delhi.(Photo: Reuters)

India says Pakistan backed Mumbai attackers

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the militant group responsible for the attacks on Mumbai were backed by Pakistan as a custody extension is granted, giving officials another two weeks to charge the lone surviving gunman.

2009-01-06 09:15 TU


Indian soldiers at an exhibition in Akhnoor on 27th December.(Credit: Reuters)

Pakistan moves troops to eastern border

Military officials from India and Pakistan have been on the phone this weekend in an attempt to help soothe tensions between the two countries. Pakistan has redeployed troops to its eastern border.

2008-12-29 11:00 TU


A mosque in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.(Credit: Reuters)

India not sharing intelligence with Interpol, still considering military action

Interpol has announced that India has not shared any information about the Mumbai attacks and those involved. India has not ruled out a military response against Pakistan.

2008-12-23 12:02 TU


Welcome to the Trident-Oberoi! Police and staff at the entrance on Sunday(Photo: Reuters)

Mumbai hotels reopen, terror drills in Jakarta and Manila

In India, the two luxury hotels which were the central targets of this month's attacks on Mumbai reopened Sunday. About 100 of the Trident-Oberoi's 550 rooms were booked, while the Taj reopens 268 rooms in the evening after a private reception. Meanwhile, simulations were staged in Manila and Jakarta to prepare security and emergency personnel for possible attacks.

2008-12-21 13:50 TU


An Indian police officer in Srinigar(Photo: Reuters)

Security clampdown for Kashmir election

India has deployed thousands of troops in the disputed state of Kashmir ahead of the final round of a seven-stage election, as separatists call for a boycott of the poll. Also in the Muslim-majority state, the army claims to have killed a leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group which India blames for the Mumbai attacks.

2008-12-19 15:41 TU


India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L) and Defence Minister AK Antony(File photo: Reuters)

Peace process on hold after Mumbai attacks

The Indian Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, said that peace talks between India and Pakistan have been put on hold in the aftermath of the attacks in Mumbai that India says were perpetrated by Pakistanis.

2008-12-16 14:23 TU


Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (R) shake hands with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Islamabad on Sunday(Photo: Reuters)

Brown pledges millions to fight militancy in Pakistan

The British Prime Minister concluded an Asian tour Sunday by meeting with leaders in India and Pakistan. He said Pakistan had to be helped to "root out terrorism", and pledged over six million euros for fighting militancy in the country.

2008-12-15 08:36 TU


Indian policemen stand guard at a police complex believed to be housing the lone surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab.(Photo: Reuters)

No military action against Pakistan, new intelligence reforms

India is not going to take military action against Pakistan over the attacks in Mumbai, but says it wants Islamabad to hand over suspects. Meanwhile Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has announced reforms to security and intelligence.

2008-12-11 14:24 TU


Demostrators in Lahore, India.(Photo: Reuters)

Islamabad will not hand over Mumbai suspects

Pakistan will be conducting its own investigation into those alleged to be involved in last month’s attacks in Mumbai, and it will not hand over any suspects to India, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister said Tuesday. In response to the suggestion that India might conduct cross-border raids against Pakistani terrorist bases, Pakistan would be prepared to go to war, he said.

2008-12-09 11:53 TU


A man walks past a billboard in Mumbai, 7 Dcember 2008. India has been putting pressure on Pakistan.(Photo: Reuters)

Head of militant group arrested in connection with Mumbai attacks

Pakistan has arrested a senior commander in a Pakistani-based militant group based in Kashmir. The group Lashkar-e-Taiba, is believed to be behind the Mumbai attacks.

2008-12-08 14:05 TU


The site of the car bomb explosion in Peshawar, 5 December 2008(Photo: Reuters)

Two arrests in Mumbai attacks, Peshawar death toll rises to 27

Indian police have arrested two men suspected of supplying mobile phone cards to those who staged the Mumbai attacks. In Pakistan, police have found six more bodies in the aftermath of Friday's bomb blast, bringing the death toll up to 27.

2008-12-07 09:45 TU


College students shout and burn Pakistan's national flags during a protest against Mumbai's recent attacks, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad December 5, 2008. Several attackers may have survived the three-day siege of Mumbai that killed 171 people last week, analysts said. REUTERS/Amit Dave (Photo: Reuters)

Deadly bomb in Peshawar, Delhi claims proof of Mumbai attack links

At least 12 people were killed by a bomb in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday. India's new Interior Minister claimed to have "ample evidence" that the Mumbai attacks were the work of previously identified organisations, a clear reference to Pakistan-based groups and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared his country angered "as never before" by the killings.

2008-12-05 16:40 TU


Singh (L) welcomes Medvedev(Photo: Reuters)

Medvedev signs nuclear energy, space deals

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed major deals with India on a visit to Delhi Thursday. They include an agreement to build four nuclear reactors and send an Indian cosmonaut into space. Russia is a long-term ally and trade partner of India, but it now faces competition, notably from the US and France.

2008-12-05 16:29 TU


Rice in Delhi(Photo: Reuters)

Rice says Islamabad committed to helping Mumbai enquiry

US Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice declared that Pakistan is "focused and committed" to helping India investigate last week's attacks on Mumbai on a visit to Islamabad. Having visited Delhi on Wednesday, Rice sought to calm tension between the neighbours over Indian charges that the attacks were planned in Pakistan.

2008-12-04 11:32 TU


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Rice adds to pressure on Islamabad over Mumbai attacks

US Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice called on Pakistan to "act with urgency" to help India's enquiry into last week's Mumbai attacks. US military chief Michael Mullen is in Islamabd to meet officials, as Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says that his country would like to try suspects themselves.

2008-12-03 15:48 TU


People gather during a protest rally against last week's militant attacks, outside the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai December 3, 2008. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Pakistan on Wednesday to cooperate "fully and transparently" in investigations into the Mumbai attacks that have upset India-Pakistan relations. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe(Photo: Reuters)

Explosives found in Mumbai, demonstration in Islamabad

Police have found and defused explosives at Mumbai's main railway station, as Indians protest at alleged security failures over last week's attacks. In Islamabad Islamist students protested against Indian charges that Pakistan is connected to the violence.

2008-12-03 16:14 TU


India's President Pratibha Patil visits victims in Mumbai(Photo: Reuters)

Delhi demands 20 most wanted, Islamabad offers joint probe

India has demanded that Pakistan hand over 20 most wanted terror subjects after last week's attacks on Mumbai, which killed 188 people and injured over 300. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he has offered a joint investigation team but failed to respond to the handover call.

2008-12-02 16:00 TU


The body of suspected militant Abu Dera Ismael Khan. Indian investigators claim the Mumbai attackers had months of commando training in Pakistan(Photo: Reuters)

Islamabad under pressure as Delhi demands "strong action" on Mumbai attackers

India has demanded that Pakistan take “strong action” against armed groups alleged to be involved in the attacks on Mumbai. Islamabad has responded by saying that a build-up of tension on the common border would undermine its efforts to combat the Taliban on the frontier with Afghanistan.

2008-12-01 16:22 TU


BJP supporters demonstrate in Bhopal Monday(Photo: Reuters)

Delhi protests to Islamabad over Mumbai attacks

India's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Pakistan's ambassador to lodge a formal protest over the attacks on Mumbai, in which 172 people are now believed to have died. Earlier the Chief Minister of  Maharashtra, the state of which the city is the capital, offered to resign over the attacks and his deputy quit his post. As relations with Pakistan grow tenser, news media report that warnings of the attacks were ignored.

2008-12-01 16:22 TU


India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee.(Credit: Reuters)

Resignations continue as peace process is reported under threat

Indian media has suggested the government is considering a suspension of the peace process with Pakistan. This follows the attacks on Mumbai which some Indian officials have blamed on a Pakistan-based militant group and comes after the resignation of two senior Indian officials on Sunday.


2008-11-30 18:40 TU


Flames come out of the Taj Mahal hotel during a gun battle, 29 November 2008(Photo: Reuters)

Mumbai battles over, say security forces

In the early hours of Saturday, Indian National Security Guard (NSG) commandos killed the remaining gunmen in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel, putting an end to a three-day coordinated attack on several sites around the city that killed at least 195 people and injured almost 300.

2008-11-30 11:21 TU


commandos break a window of the Nariman House after an explosion(Photo: Reuters)

Forces control Jewish centre, Taj hotel still unsecured

Indian Special Forces took control of a Jewish centre in Mumbai on Friday, killing two gunmen and finding five dead hostages. Official reports that the situation at the Taj Mahal hotel is under control are contradicted by eyewitnesses. As the city returns to some semblance of calm, people are starting to try to figure out what happened.

2008-11-28 16:55 TU

India - eyewitness report

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Pakistan spy chief to help India, as blasts continue at Taj hotel

Describing the people of Mumbai as "still in shock", correspondent Mouhssine Enaimi reports from in front of the Taj hotel. Officials have told him that commandos found explosives and weapons inside and that they have evidence of links to "elements in Pakistan". The Pakistani intelligence chief is to travel to India to help with the enquiry.

2008-11-28 14:33 TU


Indian commandos are airdropped in Nariman House, which has mainly Jewish residents. (Photo: Reuters)

Ninety-three freed from Oberoi-Trident hotel in Mumbai

Indian security forces continued their attempts to secure the three sites held by attackers in Mumbai. Explosions and gunfire was heard on Friday morning after over 90 people, including 20 French nationals, had left one of the buildings and as the overall death toll was revised to 130. Thirty bodies have been found inside the Oberoi-Trident hotel, according to officials.

2008-11-28 14:33 TU


Police accompanying a victim in the station in Bombay(Photo: Reuters)

Police struggle to reclaim hotels after 100-plus dead in Mumbai attacks

At least 101 people are dead and 200 injured after gun and grenade attacks in eight different locations in Mumbai overnight. More explosions have been heard on Thursday. The attackers seized foreign tourists in two luxury hotels with Indian security personnel storming buildings to free British and American tourists.

2008-11-27 10:25 TU