'Paris attacks similar to 26/11 Mumbai attacks'

Just like the Mumbai attacks, popular eating joints and restaurants in Paris were attacked by a group of at least eight suicide bombers.

November 14, 2015 12:49 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:03 pm IST - New Delhi:

The “multiple-coordinated” terror attacks in France, which killed over 100 people bear striking resemblance to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks of 2008.

Just like the >Mumbai attacks , popular eating joints and restaurants in France's capital Paris were attacked by a group of at least eight suicide bombers, seven of whom blew themselves up. The eighth was killed by security forces. While no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the modus operandi had chilling similarities with the Mumbai attack when 10 terrorists who came from the sea route stormed into five different locations killing 166 people and injuring 291.

All the attackers were armed with AK-47’s and they stormed into popular eating joints, café, pizza corners and sprayed bullets indiscriminately on the diners. Gun toting men stormed restaurants like La Belle Equipe, Le Petit Cambodge and Le Petit Carillon and fired indiscriminately.

Several men and women were taken hostage at the Le Bataclan concert hall where an American band Eagles of Death Metal was due to perform. French security personnel stormed into the concert hall and while three gunmen blew themselves up, the third was shot dead by the security forces.

In a pattern similar to the Mumbai attacks, where Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists had taken several guests hostage at the Taj Hotel Mumbai and Trident Oberoi, the assailants in the Paris attacks took several guests hostage at the Le Bataclan concert hall.

John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism of the New York Police Department, told a TV channel in an interview that the Paris attack resembles the Mumbai terrorist attack in terms of low-cost resources and also carried various features of 26/11, PTI said.

A government official in New Delhi said the Paris incident showed that the attacks had been planned to precision and it was well-coordinated to say the least.

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