Among the three US citizens confirmed killed in the attacks was a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife. President George W. Bush and president-elect Barack Obama, meanwhile, both issued statements condemning the attacks.
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President George W. Bush said he was deeply saddened and the
"We will continue to cooperate against these extremists who offer nothing but violence and hopelessness," Bush said in a statement.
President-elect Barack Obama also expressed condolences about what he called "outrageous terrorist attacks in Mumbai," and said he fully supported the Bush administration's efforts to protect
"These terrorists who targeted innocent civilians will not defeat
The Virginia-based Synchronicity Foundation said on its website that Alan Scherr and his 13-year-old daughter, Naomi, Americans who were in
"Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the beloved directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, were killed during one of the worst terrorist attacks to strike
The couple's son, Moshe, who turns 2 on Saturday, escaped with his nanny, who brought him to a local hospital. The boy was now in the custody of the mother's parents, who had traveled to
Rabbi Chaim Cunin, an official at the Chabad center in
State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said, "There are still Americans at risk on the ground and we want to be very, very careful with any facts."
Senior Bush administration officials met on Friday afternoon for more discussions about the attacks, said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. She said they were focused on "ensuring everything possible is being done to help American citizens affected by these horrible attacks."
The Bush administration also continued to work with the Indian government at all levels, and had offered assistance and support, Perino said. She said Bush had received regular updates since the attacks on Wednesday night.
Indian commandos stormed the Jewish center, killing two suspected Islamist gunmen but failing to save five hostages. Early on Saturday, gunfire and explosions rocked the luxury Taj Mahal hotel where many foreigners stay in Mumbai.
Duguid said a State Department hot line had received about 1,500 calls for information about friends and relatives.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had over the past 36 hours spoken to
Rice also called Obama twice to brief him, said Duguid. Aides to Obama said he also received an intelligence briefing on the attacks.
Date created : 2008-11-29