Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.

Media criticism.
Dec. 3 2008 5:47 PM

The Fog of Breaking News

Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.

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"I do not think they knew the hotel inside out," [said City Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor].
Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2008

Who were the terrorists targeting?


Azam Amir Kasab, 21, a Pakistani national, claimed the terror strikes, which left nearly 200 dead, were intended to kill as many as 5,000 people and that he and his fellow militants were ordered to target whites—especially Britons and Americans. The claims were made in what a police source said was a transcript of his questioning.
The Timesof London, Dec. 1, 2008

Police believe attacks at the Leopold cafe, popular with tourists, and at CST station, may have been diversions to provide cover as other gang members stormed their two main targets—Mumbai's two luxury hotels, the Taj Mahal and Trident-Oberoi.
The Age (Melbourne) Dec. 1, 2008

"It seemed like they were in a hurry," [Leopold Café owner Farhang Jehani] said. "It was as if they wanted to shoot as many people as they could even though this was not their main target. Their motive might have been to divert the police, who have a station across the street, to keep them occupied as they headed to the Taj hotel."
Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2008

Did the marauders intend to escape?

[Captured terrorist] Kasab has allegedly revealed that their plan was to take hostages at the Taj hotel, Oberoi Hotel and Nariman House and then use them to escape from the city, [a senior police official] added.
Press Trust of India, Nov. 29, 2008

The sole Mumbai gunman captured alive has told police he was trained in Pakistan and ordered to "kill until the last breath," according to a leaked account of his interrogation.
The Timesof London, Dec. 1, 2008

[The terrorists] also intended to escape Mumbai after the attacks, but officials say it might have been a formality. One Indian official said that he believes the terrorists knew well in advance that they were on a one-way mission.
ABCNews.com, Dec. 1, 2008

The terrorists thought they would come out alive and had an escape route, added [gunman] Kasav.
Daily Mail, Dec. 1, 2008