2nd update, Message from Chabad:
At this moment, police commandoes are trying to regain control overÂ the Chabad House and have managed to injure or kill one of the terrorists inside.Reports are stating that numbers of Israeli travellers as well as the local Chabad emissary along with his wife andÂ young child have not yet been accounted for.Their whereabouts is unknown. It is possible that they are hostages in their own Chabad House.ÂPlease take a moment to recite Tehillim (Psalms) forÂ Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma,Â his wifeÂ Rivka bas YehudisÂ and their sonÂ Moshe Tzvi ben Rivka along with all the other Israeli travellers and for all the others who are in danger at this time.
Islamic terrorists also attacked police headquarters in south Mumbai, the area where most of the attacks, which began late Wednesday and continued into Thursday morning, took place.
“We are under fire, there is shooting at the gate,” said a constable, A. Shetti, by phone from police headquarters.
Search for Chabad Family in Mumbai After Terrorist Strike
MUMBAI, INDIA — (November 26, 2008)
Â he situation is grim late Wednesday in Mumbai (Bombay) India where reports of more than 80 dead and 250 wounded are seeping out of the beleaguered city. Of great concern is the silence from Chabad’s representatives to Mumbai, RabbiGavrielÂ andÂ Rivka Holtzberg. No one from the Chabad center has been heard from since the attacks.
The dead and wounded are victims of a sophisticated plot in which seven locations throughout the city were attacked by terrorists. Several of the city’s most exclusive hotels, a restaurant, train station, and hotel were bombed. The attacks come as the country is consumed by controversial elections.
The city, which is India’s financial capital, plays host to many foreigners and their embassies are assisting in the search and rescue efforts.
Lubavitch personnel in Bangkok, Israel and New York are working closely with the Israeli Foreign Ministry andÂ the U.S. government to help establish contact with the Holtzbergs and other missing persons in the Chabad House area.
Mumbai’s Chabad House, situated near the sites of destruction, is a popular stop for Israeli tourists. The Holtzbergs offer a host of programs, including providing kosher food, to locals and visitors alike.