The United States, on the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, said that it is “standing alongside” India in the fight against terrorism, and affirmed its commitment to holding the perpetrators of the attack accountable.
“On the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the US reaffirms its commitment to holding the perpetrators accountable and ensuring justice for the victims, including six Americans. Standing alongside our Indian partners, we remain resolute in the fight against terrorism,” the US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of state department said in a tweet.
On November 26, 2008, ten terrorists trained by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist organization carried out a series of coordinated attacks against multiple targets in India’s Mumbai city including the Taj Mahal hotel, the Oberoi hotel, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, killing 166 people.
Nine terrorists were killed and the lone survivor, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was caught and was sentenced to death at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2012. On November 11, 2012, Kasab was hanged in Yerawada Jail in Pune.
Pakistani authorities, to this day, continue to deny culpability and is yet to take action on the multiple dossiers shared by India.
In 2018, the US announced up to USD 5 million for information about the individuals responsible for these attacks under the Rewards for Justice program.
Taking to Twitter, US State Department deputy spokesperson, Cale Brown said: “November 26 marks the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Through the Rewards for Justice program, we seek to ensure that all those responsible for this heinous attack face justice.”