The November 2008 terrorist attack on the country's financial capital that killed 166 -- including six Americans -- may seem far away. But the FBI agent who led the bureau's investigation told more than 160 South Florida law enforcement and hotel officials Wednesday that the assault offered sobering lessons for this country in the constant fight against terrorism.
It showed how a group of only 10 terrorists with limited education, training and funding -- along with automatic weapons, grenades and cellphones -- could cause so much slaughter in just three days, said Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Tindall.
The crippling flaw in the Mumbai police's defense against the initial assault was that its officers didn't even carry weapons -- leading to dozens of people being mowed down at five-star hotels, a train station and a Jewish center before the Indian National Police's tactical squads killed all but one of the terrorists.
``In the United States, we would bring guns and bullets much quicker than the Indians could have,'' Tindall told members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and others gathered at the Sunrise Civic Center.
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