- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

INDIA

Mumbai marks attack anniversary

MUMBAI | Mumbai held tearful memorials and police staged a show of strength Thursday as India’s financial hub marked the first anniversary of militant raids that killed 166 people and pushed up tensions with Pakistan.

Onlookers waved Indian flags and banners with slogans such as “End the Violence,” as police commandos with new weapons and armored cars tracked the route taken by the 10 gunmen who staged the attack.

The raids highlighted India’s lack of preparedness for attacks and showed how regional tension in South Asia could undermine stability in Asia’s economic powerhouse.

Residents lit candles outside a Jewish center, one of several sites from luxury hotels to the city’s biggest railway station, targeted by the Pakistan-based militants in a three-day rampage.

PHILIPPINES

Massacre suspect surrenders

AMPATUAN | A scion of a powerful pro-government clan has turned himself in and will face murder charges for purportedly leading the massacre of 57 people in an election caravan in the southern Philippines, the chief prosecutor said Thursday.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is under mounting pressure to crack down on lawlessness and warlords. The dead from Monday’s massacre included at least 18 journalists and the wife, family and dozens of supporters of a gubernatorial candidate who wanted to challenge the rival Ampatuan clan, which has ruled Maguindanao province unopposed for years.

Andal Ampatuan Jr., a town mayor who purportedly stopped the convoy with dozens of police and pro-government militiamen, surrendered Thursday to presidential adviser Jesus Dureza in the provincial capital, military commander Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer said.

PAKISTAN

$120,000 paid in Taliban arrest

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan has paid a $120,000 reward over the arrest of a lieutenant of the country’s Taliban warlord ahead of a major Muslim festival, the military said Thursday.

It is the first time Pakistan has announced the payment of a reward since it offered $5 million for information leading to the capture - dead or alive - of Hakimullah Mehsud and 18 lieutenants.

“Security forces have arrested wanted terrorist Abdullah Shah Mehsud” in the northwestern town of Tank,” the military said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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