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    MFA says Singaporean among hostages in Mumbai
    By 938 LIVE | Posted: 27 November 2008 1053 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says they are working closely with the Indian authorities to secure the safe release of a Singapore woman held hostage at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai.

    It is believed she is one of 20 foreigners taken hostage and is unharmed.

    In a news conference, a spokesman says they are flying up the family members to Mumbai and rendering to them all necessary assistance.

    "We will definitely look at all the scenarios and make an educated decision on whether there is a need for us to send a crisis negotiating team to Mumbai," said the director of consular directorate at MFA, Jai Sohan Singh.

    "We have actually made the offer of assistance to the Indian government, if necessary. We have not received any request at this point in time."

    An MFA spokesman says as of 3.15pm Thursday, there are no information pertaining to any Singaporean being injured in Mumbai.

    According to reports, at least two foreign nationals from Japan and Australia have been confirmed killed, and 11 others wounded in coordinated militant attacks in Mumbai.

    MFA says Singapore strongly condemns the attacks and conveys its deepest condolences to the victims, their families, the government of India and its people.

    It says the Mumbai attacks underscore the common terrorist threat that we continue to face today.

    Singapore stands firmly behind the Indian government in its fight against terrorism.

    MFA and the Singapore Consulate-General in Mumbai are closely monitoring the situation in Mumbai.

    Should Singaporeans require assistance, they can contact the Singapore Consulate-General in Mumbai or the MFA Duty Officer at 6379 8800 or 6379 8855.

    When in Mumbai, MFA advises Singaporeans to take the necessary precautions for their personal safety.

    During this period, Singaporeans are advised to monitor the local news diligently and be prepared to face inconveniences in their travel.

    If Singaporeans do not have a pressing need to travel to Mumbai, they are advised to postpone the travel to a later date.

    Singaporeans intending to travel to India should closely monitor news developments there.

    Should they decide to travel, they are advised to register with the Ministry at www.mfa.gov.sg.

    This will enable the Ministry and the Consulate-General in Mumbai to contact Singaporeans and render them the necessary consular assistance in case of emergencies.

    It also encourages all Singaporeans travelling abroad to purchase comprehensive medical and travel insurance.

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    Sigh, another place that have gone crazy
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    Crap...

    more nutcases.....
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    The Singaporean hostage is a lady.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...392604/1/.html

    When economy is bad, these nutcases like to stir things up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yapster View Post
    The Singaporean hostage is a lady.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...392604/1/.html

    When economy is bad, these nutcases like to stir things up...
    urh.

    this recent attack in Mumbai doesn't have anything to do with the economy. it's more along religious rights and freedom.
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    That's no excuse for murder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terryansimon View Post
    urh.

    this recent attack in Mumbai doesn't have anything to do with the economy. it's more along religious rights and freedom.

    The attacks are about religious rights and freedom?

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    S'porean hostage safe
    The married female lawyer is being held in the Oberoi hotel By Teh Joo Lin

    A SINGAPOREAN held hostage in a luxury hotel in Mumbai overrun by terrorists remains unharmed in an ongoing stand-off with Indian authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said last evening.

    She is believed to be a married lawyer in her 20s who works for a law firm here but had gone to India on a business trip. She and her husband have no children, sources told The Straits Times.

    The Singapore authorities first learnt about the hostage situation in the Oberoi Hotel from her family members, who called the MFA at about 6am yesterday.

    The woman, among some 20 foreigners reportedly taken hostage in the city, had managed to contact her loved ones.

    Mr Jai S. Sohan, the director of MFA's consular directorate, said: 'As far as we understand, the Singaporean has not been harmed.'

    He did not refer to her gender or her other details at briefings for reporters, citing the family's request for privacy.

    They have now flown to Mumbai.

    So have some Singapore diplomats, who are working with the Indian authorities to secure her release and ensure the safety of the 100-odd Singaporeans who are in the city for work, a vacation or other reasons.

    Mr Sohan said the MFA was in touch with the family and the focus now was on securing the hostage's safe release.

    An Indian news channel reported yesterday that the terrorists had held the woman at gun point and told her to relay to Singapore diplomats this message: Tell the Mumbai authorities to refrain from acting against them - or lose her life.

    Officials said at least 100 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in the gun-and-grenade attacks by Islamic militants across India's financial capital that began late on Wednesday.

    At press time, at least six foreign nationals - including a Japanese, a Briton and an Australian - were reported to have been killed; a news report said the wounded foreigners included Singaporeans, but the MFA said it had not received word of Singaporean casualties.

    The woman is the only one who appears in mortal danger among a dozen or so Singaporeans who were at the posh Oberoi, Trident and Taj Mahal hotels when the gunmen stormed them.

    Among them, four - excluding the hostage - are still 'stranded' for various reasons in the three hotels, while the rest managed to clear out.

    Mr Sohan stressed that the four are 'not in a hostage situation' and are in 'constant contact' with MFA officials. 'Two or three' are holed up in their rooms at the Oberoi, a choice they made for their own safety.

    At least one Singaporean, a woman who stayed at the Taj Mahal, is expected to fly home today, he added.

    Across Mumbai, the MFA has linked up with all but four of the 115 Singaporeans known to be there. They are safe.

    One of them who has taken refuge in her friend's house told The Straits Times that she had been advised to 'stay safe and not move anywhere' unless she was 'very sure' of what was happening.

    The Singapore Government has extended an offer of assistance to India, but this has yet to be taken up.

    Mr Sohan said: 'Whatever assistance is needed by the Indian government, if they do request, we'll take it...

    'What we should ensure at this point in time is, any action we take, we do not put (those stranded) in greater harm's way than necessary.'

    The MFA has advised Singaporeans 'without a pressing need' to fly to Mumbai to postpone their travel. They should also 'avoid all non-essential travel' to India, said a spokesman.

    If they need to go there, they should register with the ministry at www.mfa.gov.sg so they can be reached in emergencies, she added.

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    She died. Husband flew in to Mumbai to identify her body at bout 9.35 local time.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...392947/1/.html

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    Very tragic. Horrible way to end the year. The militants must be brought to justice. Condolences to her family, and to those of all the victims.
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    damn ..
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    Very very sad for the innocent victims.

    And I'm glad I came back safely from a business trip from India just 2 weeks back to miss all this. Though I didn't go to Mumbai, the place in India I went to was chaotic enough to give me and my family back home in S'pore cold sweat almost everyday. Hope I don't need to go back there any time in near term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kusum Kangguru View Post
    The attacks are about religious rights and freedom?
    they're not pirates out for fat loot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    Sigh, another place that have gone crazy
    how did they end up crazy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saizou View Post
    She died. Husband flew in to Mumbai to identify her body at bout 9.35 local time.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...392947/1/.html
    What the hell is happening?!?!?! The world truly has gone off the reservation...

    Pirates at sea...
    Fanatics on land...
    And idiots sitting on the Bangkok runway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunbucker View Post
    What the hell is happening?!?!?! The world truly has gone off the reservation...

    Pirates at sea...
    Fanatics on land...
    And idiots sitting on the Bangkok runway.
    bangkok case is truely self-inflicted, they killed their own tourism, airhub status, worse in a looming global recession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunbucker View Post
    What the hell is happening?!?!?! The world truly has gone off the reservation...

    Pirates at sea...
    Fanatics on land...
    And idiots sitting on the Bangkok runway.
    doubt this will happen in here.

    all the protesters will simply be scooped off and sent to the nearest prison, locked up and the keys thrown away.

    the thais need to be more decisive.
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    My condolences as well.

    The authorities did make the decision to storm the hotel with commandos, resulting in their top 3 senior officers dead. They should hit them hard when they still can, negotiation doesnt really seem to work nowadays, fanatics are really hardcore these days.

    Hope the whole matter is resolved soon, less bloodshed the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbs99 View Post
    My condolences as well.

    The authorities did make the decision to storm the hotel with commandos, resulting in their top 3 senior officers dead. They should hit them hard when they still can, negotiation doesnt really seem to work nowadays, fanatics are really hardcore these days.

    Hope the whole matter is resolved soon, less bloodshed the better.
    The three top officials were taken out by sniper as soon as they showed up. It's truly shocking how deeply this has been orchestrated.

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