Chinese-made grenades have been found to be used by the terrorists that launched the deadly spate of attacks in Mumbai that has now been dubbed by the media as India’s 9/11.
At the Taj Mahal Hotel, Indian commandos recovered Chinese-made grenades from one of the rucksacks of the terrorists, among other items — a Mauritian national’s identity card, seven ammunition magazines, 400 spare rounds of ammunition, seven credit cards from different banks, dry rations and thousands of dollars in cash.
Meanwhile, India says it has captured one of the Muslim militants responsible for the attack alive. A man by the name of Abu Islami is supposed to have checked into the Oberoi-Trident hotel four days before the rest of the terrorists arrived in Mumbai by boat:
“He used the room to store explosives” including 40 hand grenades “and weapons for a prolonged operation”, a top Intelligence Bureau official told AFP on condition he not be named.
“We are asking him who supplied the weapons, the explosives, the Chinese-made grenades. He came in much before the main body of the terrorists landed by boat” on Wednesday evening, he said.
According to India, this is not the first time Chinese-made grenades have been found to be used in terrorist attacks within India. In a report from The Times of India, on July 12 2006:
The frequent grenade attacks in Jammu and Kashmir may be carried out by cross-border terrorists, but they have a distinct ‘Made in China’ tag, say top counter-insurgency experts.
For the past 15 years, terrorists have been using compact Chinese-made grenades to carry out their nefarious activities in the Valley.
“Indian grenades are more powerful than the Chinese made, but obviously the supply is routed through Pakistan, which is why Chinese grenades are used. We have never come across terrorists using Indian made grenades,” said senior officers.
India has blamed the Mumbai attacks on elements within Pakistan, a stand that has attracted the rebuke of the Pakistani government. Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan are being tested as anti-Pakistan protests now begin to hit the streets in India.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has not issued any statement regarding the alleged Chinese grenade link in the Mumbai attacks as yet.
Scene at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, India on Nov 27, 2008 from NoComment TV.