Wednesday, November 26
6:30 PM EST: COLlive has confirmed that the Israeli Foreign Ministry spoke with Chabad Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg immediately after the attack, but they have not been heard from since, and the situation is still not clear.
7:15 PM: CNN/IBN reports gunfire is still going on in Nariman House (the Chabad House), close to the BP gas station which was blown up. “Jewish and Israeli families are trapped.”
8:27 PM: Please say Tehillim for Gavriel Noach ben Freida Bluma, Rivkah bas Yehudis and Moshe Tzvi Ben Rivkah.
10:30 PM: There have been reports on India TV that Chabad of Mumbai has been seized By terrorists, reports of 5 Israeli families trapped inside. Heavily armed commandos were seen standing by waiting for orders of the police to storm the house. Gunfire has been reported as well.
10:50 PM: India-CNN reported that Indian commandos stormed the Chabad House building in the Colaba area, reported some “casualties.”
11:19 PM: Four terrorist inside the house, one terrorist confirmed killed.
Thursday, November 27
12:21 AM: After 12 hours in captivity, 3 hostages escaped the Chabad House building. Footage shows a woman and a 2 year-old child of “foreign nationality” rushing into an ambulance. They reported of 5-6 terrorists in the building.
12:42 AM: A woman who is the maid, and Moshe Holtzberg – child of Chabad Shliach where rescued, also rescued is the cook lady for Chabad.
1:44 AM: Lubavitch spokesman Zalman Shmotkin said that “the terrorists commandeered a police vehicle which allowed them easy access to the area of the Chabad house and threw a grenade at a gas pump nearby, blowing it up.”
1:59 AM: Holtzberg’s mother-in-law Yehudis Rosenberg: “The nanny said they were alive but unconscious.”
2:49 AM: Police at the Chabad House are said to be adopting a ‘wait and watch’ approach. Mrs. Holtzberg’s sister Chiki Rosenberg: “We are praying for their health.”
3:56 AM: IBN network reported that “six religious people are believed to be held in the building.” It is unclear whether this number includes Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife.
4:30 AM: Mrs. Holtzberg’s Israeli-based parents are heading out to India this afternoon with a ZAKA rescue team.
5:34 AM: There has been 3 explosions in Mumbai, one of them at the Nariman House/Chabad, AFP reports.
6:58 AM: “No negotiations or talks have started with the terrorists,” Maharashtra state deputy chief minister R.R. Patil told reporters.
8:44 AM: Exchange of gunfire have intensified at Chabad House, 2 of the 6 terrorists inside were gunned down by police, still unknown the condition and how many hostages remain inside.
9:45 AM: Tehilim prayers are being recited by tens of thousands of Jews around the globe in many yeshivas and schools for the safe resolution on this grave situation.
10:00 AM: Police just shut off the electricity to the area of the Chabad house for a possible assault to rescue the people inside.
10:52 AM: Exchange of fire intensified at Chabad/Nariman House. Head of local government Vilasrao Deshmukh said the situation was “grave.”
11:33 AM: According to a press release from Indian TV one of the terrorists made a call from the Chabad Shliach’s cell phone:
The second call was from another terrorist Imran Babar from Nariman House, Mumbai, where he used the cellphone no. 9819464530 belonging to Holtzberg Gaverlein, staying at Nariman House Number 3, Hormusji Street, Colaba, Mumbai. Imran Babar also rang up India TV’s popular number kept aside for viewers 93505 93505. Time: 17:07:05 hrs.
India TV: Hello, Imran, where are you?
Imran Babar: We are here..You call their (Israeli) Army Staff to visit Kashmir.. why is it so?..Who are they to come to J & K..This is a matter between us and Hindus..the Hindu government..Why does that Israel come here..To say that Israel and Palestine..
India TV: Imran, you claim that you are in Nariman House.. How many of your friends are there in Nariman House?
Imran: We know how to live.. how to snatch our rights!
India TV : Imran, are you able to listen to what I am saying?
Imran: Yes, I can hear you..
India TV: Just reply to my question.. How many of you are there in Nariman House?
Imran: I have five persons with me..
India TV: And when did you come to Mumbai?
Imran: Hum log.. Hum log apne kaam se aaya hai (We have come here for our work)..Raah Dekhte Raha (we waited) Saara maamla aapke samne hai (everything is before you).. Zulm aur zyadati bardasht karke jab hum thak gaya hai, tab humne eisa karne ko majboor ho gaya hai.. Aapke saamne haalaat hai.. Main toh wahi aapko baar baar itihaas bata raha hun..lekin (We are tired of facing tortures and injustice, we are forced to do this.. The situation is in front of you..I am merely repeating history to you, but..) I don’t understand why you people talk like this?
India TV: What’s your age, Imran?
Imran: I am 25.
India TV: What’s the age of your friends?
Imran: My other friends are also of the same age young..adults..
Claiming to have worked as a medical representative in a multinational company, Babar said these attacks were to avenge torture and injustice. He, however, skirted the query as to which place he hails from.
India TV repeatedly appealed to both the terrorists to surrender and release the hostages, but they were adamant. India TV informed the security agencies in Delhi and Mumbai as soon as the calls were received from the terrorists. The details of the cellphones were obtained from security agencies, who were keeping track of these conversations.
11:52 AM: It was reported on India TV NDTV: Police say that there are “no longer any hostages at the Chabad house.” The meaning remains unclear.
12:30 PM: 8 to 10 hostages have been released from the Mumbai Chabad Center, as several others remained captive – Israeli Channel 2 reports.
12:55 PM: Media reports showing photos of hostages walking out of the Chabad house are bleak, as the photos of the hostages do not show any one from the Chabad community.
1:27 PM: Blast heard at Chabad House, with conflicting reports about hostages. The Holtzberg family has just obtained airline tickets out of NY.
2:30 PM: CNN reports four hostages, including Rabbi Holtzberg and his wife, still remain in the house. Of those that were released, two were in the neighboring house to the Chabad Center.
4:15 PM: Two fresh blasts heard at the Chabad House, NDTV reports. Condition of hostages still unknown. Police say “Situation still fluid.”
6:47 PM: Mrs. Holtzberg’s parents arrive in Mumbai with Rabbi Yossi Ginsburg from Tel Aviv and 6 Zaka men.
7:11 PM: There have been many unsubstantiated reports and rumors circulating. As soon as COLlive obtains confirmed official info we will bring it to you.
8:40 pm: CNN reports Israeli Rescue teams have arrived in Mumbai, are surrounding Chabad House. Helicopters are seen hovering over and dropping rescue workers to the rooftop. New gunfire is heard in area of Chabad House.
9:15 PM: Heavy shooting could be heard from sharpshooters who took positions in buildings surrounding the Chabad House. Reports of a commando officer being injured. Emergency vehicle been seen rushing to the seen.
10:26 PM: White flag or tzitzis seen being waved from one of the windows.
Friday, November 28
12:55 AM: Haaretz quotes sources: 4 bodies inside beseiged Chabad house; Indian media report about 10 hostages freed by security.
3:38 AM: IBN just reported that 4th and 5th floor of the Chabad House have been cleared. Forces moving down.
5:06 AM: Parents of Mumbai Chabad hostage arrive in city, reunited with grandson – AP
5:26 AM: A gunbattle broke out early Friday between government soldiers and militants holed up inside Chabad House, where a rabbi, his wife and perhaps others were being held – CNN
5:41 AM: A New York Times reporter is blogging live from the Nariman/Chabad House – click here
5:57 AM: Indian police official says the continued activity in the Chabad House is beacuse “to the best of our knowledge, the Jewish couple is alive.”
6:13 AM: Israeli envoy to India Mark Soffer estimates 6 Israelis still held hostage there.
6:55 AM: Explosions and heavy gunfire and break out at besieged Jewish center in Mumbai – AP
7:37 AM: Indian commandos blow hole in outer wall of Chabad center – Sky News
8:06 AM: Indian commandos battling terrorists at the Jewish center in Mumbai have emerged with rifles raised in an apparent sign of victory. Militants killed or captured, TV says
8:32 AM: “The operation is not over,” Commissioner of Mumbai Police Hasan Gafoor said.
8:43 AM: ZAKA waiting at entrance to Mumbai Chabad center
9:37 AM: ZAKA representative says 7 bodies found in Chabad center, 5 are those of hostages.