Anirudh Bhattacharyya I Published by Amit Chanda
The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 11/26 was marked by the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, with a solemn memorial event for the victims.
The event brought together envoys from some of the countries that lost their citizens in the attacks, carried out by 10 terrorists from Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The LeT remains a banned terrorist organization in Canada.
Floral tributes were paid to the two Canadian victims, Elizabeth Russell and Dr Michael Moss, both of whom were at the Oberoi Trident Hotel. The attacks continued from November 26, 2008 to November 29.
Countries represented at the commemoration event in Ottawa on Friday included France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Thailand and the Netherlands. In total, of the 165 total victims, 26 were foreign nationals.
Indian High Commissioner in Ottawa Ajay Bisaria stressed that “the perpetrators of these heinous terrorist attacks have not yet been brought to justice”.
Canada was represented at the solemn service by David Hartman, Director General, South Asia, Global Affairs Canada, the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
A short film in memory of the victims of the attack, still awaiting justice, was also screened.