Canadian PM visits 26/11 target Chabad House

Mumbai, Nov 16 ( Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday visited the Chabad House, a Jewish community centre at Colaba that was one of the targets of the 26/11 terror attacks here last year.

Harper, who arrived here on the first lap of his three-day trip to India late Sunday, went to the Chabad House and went around the six-storeyed building.

Harper was taken around the building by a rabbi and shown the rooms and floors on which the attacks took place, killing at least six people including the then rabbi and his pregnant wife.

He spent a few moments of silence in memory of those killed during the brutal attacks.

Later, he also interacted briefly with a few of the assembled Jews and condemned the 26/11 attacks. The Chabad House is barely a kilometer away from Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Colaba.

These two places were under siege for most part of the 60-hour long terror attacks in which a total of 166 people lost their lives. The security forces also gunned down nine terrorists during the operations.

The visit was organised under tight security with limited access to Indian mediapersons though some Canadian journalists in Harper’s entourage were permitted inside.