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Obama visits Mumbai memorial, vows to 'eradicate' terrorism

Video by Nicholas RUSHWORTH

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-11-06

On the first day of his visit to India US President Barack Obama signed a book of condolences for the victims of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and vowed to "eradicate the scourge of terrorism" throughout the world.

AFP - US President Barack Obama vowed to "eradicate the scourge of terrorism" Saturday, as he signed the condolence book at a memorial to the November 2008 attacks on India's financial hub, Mumbai.

"We will always remember the events of 26/11; not only the sorrow but also the courage and humanity that was displayed that day," he wrote in the book at the city's Taj Mahal Palace hotel.

"The United States stands in solidarity with all of Mumbai and all of India in working to eradicate the scourge of terrorism, and we affirm our lasting friendship with the Indian people."
  
The Taj was Obama's first stop at the start of a three-day India visit.
  
The president signed and dated the entry while his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, also added her name.
  
The couple looked sombre as they arrived at the memorial, which is engraved with the names of the 31 people who lost their lives at the luxury seafront hotel when it was stormed by gunmen on the evening of November 26, 2008.
  
A total of 166 people died and more than 300 others were injured in the wave of attacks by 10 Islamist militant gunmen on three luxury hotels, the city's main railway station, a Jewish centre and popular restaurant.
  
The Obamas each placed a white rose on the memorial during their five minute visit, after meeting families of some of the victims and survivors of the attacks.
  
They included the Taj's general manager, who helped guests escape despite losing his wife and two sons, and a railway station announcer, who directed commuters to take cover as two gunmen went on the rampage on the concourse.

 

 

Date created : 2010-11-06

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