Friday, Nov 28, 2008
Israeli defense officials have criticized the way Indian security forces initially handled the hostage situation in Mumbai, claiming on Thursday that the forces prematurely stormed the besieged areas.
At least three buildings in the Indian port city were taken over by terrorists – the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Oberoi Hotel and the nearby Chabad House.
The Israeli officials said that Indian counter-terrorist forces were well trained but failed to gather sufficient intelligence before engaging the terrorists.
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“In hostage situations, the first thing the forces are supposed to do is assemble at the scene and begin collecting intelligence,” said a former official in the Shin Bet’s security unit. “In this case, it appears that the forces showed up at the scene and immediately began exchanging fire with the terrorists instead of first taking control of the area.”
Defense officials said that Israel was not planning on sending commando units but had offered the Indians any assistance they required.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with Indian National Security adviser Mayankote Kelath Narayanan, who briefed him on recent developments.
This article was posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 at 4:59 am