Three Americans Among Dead In India Chaos

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

MUMBAI, India - Private groups said Friday three U.S. citizens, including a Brooklyn-based rabbi together with his Israeli wife, were killed in militant attacks in Mumbai and the U.S. State Department said more Americans were "at risk."

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement has confirmed that a New York rabbi and his wife are among the dead in the India terrorist attack. A spokesman says Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, have been killed in Mumbai. They ran the movement's local headquarters, which was one of 10 sites attacked.

The couple's toddler son, Moshe Holtzberg, was taken out of the center by an employee, and is now with his grandparents.

Earlier, a Virginia community that promotes a form of meditation said a father and his teenage daughter from the group were among those killed in an attack on the cafe at the Oberoi hotel. A spokeswoman from that group identified them as 58-year-old Alan Scherr and his daughter 13-year-old daughter Naomi.

A team of FBI agents was ordered to fly to India to investigate the militants who killed four Americans and injured at least two others during a wave of assaults that ripped through a commercial center of Mumbai.

American officials were working out the final details Friday with Indian diplomats for the departure of the FBI team, U.S. authorities said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the operation. A second group of investigators was on alert to join them if necessary, the officials said.

The investigators aim to learn more about the origins of the militants who carried out the lethal strikes on luxury hotels, a train station and an Orthodox Jewish center where a New York rabbi and his wife were among five hostages slain. An American and his teenage daughter traveling with a Virginia-based spiritual group were also among the 150 people killed during the coordinated attacks.

Warning that "Americans are still at risk on the ground," Gordon Duguid, a State Department spokesman, confirmed the deaths of two Americans in Mumbai, but would not comment further on the victims.

U.S. officials were checking with Indian authorities and hospitals to learn more about the extent of casualties.

The State Department urged Americans not to travel to the stricken city, at least through the weekend.


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