Saturday, Nov 29, 2008
The State Department said on Friday that five US citizens had been killed in the attacks on Mumbai and that more Americans remained missing.
“The Department is now able to confirm the deaths of five American citizens. Consular staff have been in contact with all of the victims’ families,” Gordon Duguid, acting deputy spokesman, said in a statement.
“The Consulate in Mumbai will continue to work with the Indian Police until all missing American citizens have been accounted for,” he added.
The State Department did not identify the victims killed in the wave of attacks by Pakistan-based Islamic militants that have left up to 155 dead.
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Earlier, the Synchronicity Foundation, a meditation community outside Charlottesville, Virginia, said two of their members, a father and daughter, had been killed at the Oberoi Hotel.
And a Jewish outreach group said a New York-based rabbi and his wife had been killed in an assault on the group’s center in Mumbai.
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who was born in Israel and moved to New York as a child, and his Israeli wife, Rivka, were the directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, the community said.
The couple’s son Moshe, who turns two on Saturday, was rescued from the attack by their nanny, and has now been handed over to his grandparents — who live in Israel.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 6:15 am