A little more than a week after terrorists assaulted the city of Mumbai, the Indian government has publicly acknowledged its security failures.
"Ultimately there have been some lapses," said the newly appointed Home Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram. "These are being looked into and I will do my utmost ... to overcome the causes of these lapses and try to improve the effectiveness of the security system."
The Times (of London) has a summary of how unprepared Mumbai, and India as a whole, was for last week's carnage.
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Again, this doesn't even take into account the intelligence failure. The United States had twice warned India that its intelligence sources had heard of plans to attack Mumbai from sea, according to the Associated Press. Indian intelligence said its received notice of an impending attack as early as September from its own sources. In response, the Taj Mahal had increased its security with metal detectors and other measures in the weeks prior to the attack. A representative from the hotel, however, said tighter security would not have mattered since the terrorists accessed the hotel through its rear.
BREAKING NEWS: A powerful explosion has rocked a central bazaar in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing at least 18 people, according to The New York Times. The chief of police said he believes the death count will rise with time.