26 November 2018, 10-year anniversary of Mumbai attacks that hit three hotels: the Taj Mahal, The Oberoi, and the Trident

This year, 26 November 2018, marked the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai attacks by the terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba. Scores of articles recently ran on the attacks, the counter attack, and the rebuilding of the impacted hotels. Here is a list of suggested reading to remember what happened and apply methods to mitigate such violence: “10 years of 26/11 terror Attacks: From Sachin Tendulkar to Consulate General of Israel, people pay tribute to the victims and martyrs,” Mumbai Mirror, 26 November 2018: Provides a quick recap of the attack and tributes to the victims from all over the world. “Mumbai attacks – 10 years on: Remembering the brutal terror strike that rocked the nation,” Moneycontrol News, 26 November 2018: Provides a quick recap of the attack and photographs from that day that emphasize the carnage and human tragedy. “Mumbai attacks: Police officer VN Patil recalls … Continue reading

22 June 2017, Resorts World Manila offers victims support in wake of 2 June active shooter attack – other brands usually abandon victims of violence

In the wake of the 2 June 2017 active shooter attack on the Resorts World Manila (RWM) facility – specifically, the Maxims Hotel and attached casino that killed 37 plus the gunman – RWM officials have made several pledges to compensate the families of the deceased and the wounded. On 2 June, RWM Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly said the company would offer the victims’ families “full support and assistance.” On 7 June, RWM president Kingson Sian made additional statements regarding educational support for the victims’ families. The combined extent of this support so far is as follows: $21,000 USD per deceased victim’s family (at least half has reportedly been paid out already) Funeral and burial assistance per deceased victim’s family $11,000 USD per injured victim Medical expenses for injured victims Education of the children of the deceased paid for up to college … Continue reading

15 October 1997 Bombing of the Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

At 7:00 am on 15 October 1997, terrorists from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked the Galadari Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a massive truck bomb. The main target was, however, the 39-story Sri Lanka World Trade Center that sat directly next to the hotel. The Hilton Colombo was a mere 400 feet from the Galadari. The blast and the light infantry attacks that followed killed 15 and wounded 105. The Galadari Hotel was then, and remains, a five star luxury hotel in the heart of Colombo’s business and government district. It is located at Lotus Rd, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka. The attack point was a mere 200 yards from a suicide bombing that targeted the Central Bank in 1996, killing 88 and wounding 1,400. The hotel/Trade Center attack was one of hundreds that had happened in Sri Lanka’s bloody … Continue reading

12 July 2016, Jazeera Palace Hotel manager talks terrorism

In a one-on-one interview, The Standard newspaper in Kenya talks to Justus Kisaulu, manager of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, about his views of operating a hotel in war torn Somalia and the impact of terrorism. He sees operating the hotel not just as a business enterprise, but part of stabilizing and modernizing Somalia, a nation he loves. Said Kisaulu, “I felt that this was an important part of history of Somalia that I could not miss. I wanted to be part of that reconstruction.” Read the full and telling article here: “Terror attacks did not kill Jazeera Palace Hotel manager’s spirit,” The Standard, 12 July 2016. Copyright © Muir Analytics 2016

1993 Mumbai (Bombay) bombings – three hotels hit, one fatally

On 12 March 1993, terrorists set off 13 bombs across Mumbai, then called Bombay. These included car bombs, motor scooter bombs, suitcase bombs, plus a few grenades. The blasts killed 357 and injured 717; other statistics say there were 250 killed and 1,100 wounded. Regardless, it was the highest terrorist attack casualty rate in India’s history, and it was also one of the first big multiple bomb attacks in the history of terrorism. Most of the bombs consisted of RDX, a broad term for a military grade plastic explosive that forms the basis of more than 10 specific types of explosives such as Composition 4 (C-4), and Semtex. RDX’s velocity of detonation is approximately 28,000 feet per second, so just a small amount has high shattering power (aka, “brisance”). The responsible party was reportedly “D-Company,” a Mumbai-based criminal organization run by the infamous Dawood Ibrahim. … Continue reading

23 September 1990, the Nikko Manila Garden and Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Manila, The Philippines

On 23 September 1990, UPI reports that bombs exploded in two hotels in Manila’s central business district, known as Makati: the Nikko Manila Garden Hotel, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Nikko blast happened at 2:55 pm in room 947. The explosive device was presumed to have been planted in the bathtub, and the blast caused extensive damage to the room. It also blew glass out into the pool area below where eight people, four children included, sustained slight injuries. The New York Times says that four of the victims were Philippine nationals, and the others were Japanese. The Mandarin blast happened at about 3:55 pm in room 402. It caused no injuries but, like the Nikko blast, severely damaged the room. The bomber checked into each hotel under an assumed name, “Manuel Castillo.” Witnesses say he carried just an attaché case, and … Continue reading

September 1989, Hilton and Hotel Tequendama Bombings, Colombia

In the 1980s, when Colombia was in the throes of a high intensity and ultra violent narcotics war, the drug cartels not only targeted politicians, the police, and the military, but also civilians. They struck shopping malls, pedestrians on the street, at least one airliner (Avianca Flight 203, 1989, 107 killed), and hotels. Colombia is a much safer place now. Drug violence has subsided, and international business travel there is bustling. In fact, Hilton Worldwide announced in summer 2012 that it was expanding its business in Latin America, including Colombia, so reports World Property Journal. Hilton signed six franchise contracts, including for the Hampton Inn and Hilton hotel brands, with Colombia-based METRO Hotels. All six properties are slated to come online through to 2017. METRO Hotels’ Development Director, Felipe Galeano, said the Hilton deal was an ideal fit for Colombia’s “major and intermediate … Continue reading

1975 Siege of Savoy Hotel, Israel

On 4 April 2015, ynetnews.com ran a story about the terror siege of the Savoy Hotel in 1975 and featured audio reels of the attack, which demonstrate the stress and tension associated with negotiations to secure the release of hotel patrons and staff. Palestinian terrorists of the group Fatah, led by Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), on 6 March 1975 executed an amphibious raid on Tel Aviv in two rubber rafts. Israeli police discovered the raiding party, engaged it in a firefight, and the terrorists then seized the Savoy Hotel on Geula Street, demanding the release of 20 Palestinian prisoners. The Israeli Special Forces unit Sayeret Matkal eventually launched a hostage rescue assault on the hotel, which is when the terrorists detonated explosives that destroyed the building’s top floor. The commandos cleared the building, regardless. The final casualty rate was eight hostages killed, … Continue reading