"This is like an Indian 9/11 in many ways," the Washington Post quoted Lakhinder Vohra of Woodbridge, as saying. Vohra said that his uncle was rescued by Indian commandos late Thursday after spending nearly 24 hours trapped inside a hotel targeted in the assault.
Some Indian Americans in the Washington region were consumed with grief, anxiety and outrage yesterday over the still-unfolding terror attacks in Mumbai that have left at least 125 people dead.
Members of the local Jewish community also shared a feeling of being targeted as news came that the terrorists appeared to have singled out Jews.
Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, regional director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Maryland, said a colleague, Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg, Holtzberg's wife and others were being held captive at the Jewish outreach organization's center in Mumbai.
We are shocked. We are horrified. We are pained by it. We are an organization that reaches out to people all over the world; that's why we are in Mumbai. And for us to be the recipients of this kind of attack is just horrifying," Kaplan said.
Mahendra Sheh, 59, manager of the Bombay Cafe on Lee Highway in Fairfax County, said he has many family members and friends, including his two sons and wife, in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. "Everybody's okay," said Sheh, of Potomac.