Friday, November 28, 2008

Mumbai Attacks - Special Report

Singaporean held hostage at Mumbai's Oberoi Hotel killedBy Ca-Mie De Souza, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 28 November 2008 2151 hrs

"Indian National Security Guards (NSG) commandos prepare to attack from the rooftop of Nariman House in Mumbai

Mumbai Attacks - Special Report
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Foreign Ministry says the Singaporean Chinese woman held hostage at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai has been killed. Speaking at a news conference at the Ministry, Director of the Consular Directorate Jai Sohan Singh said they were told at 9:35pm Singapore time that she died tragically. This was after her husband, who had flown up to Mumbai, made a final confirmation of her identity. She is 28-year-old Lo Hwei Yen, a lawyer at a Singapore-based offshore law firm, who was in Mumbai on a working trip. Indian authorities had found her body on the 19th floor of the hotel. The Singapore Foreign Ministry is helping the family to make arrangements to bring back the body. The Foreign Ministry confirms there are no more Singaporeans stranded in any of the hotels in the Indian financial capital which was hit by coordinated terror attacks on Wednesday night. 115 Singaporeans were known to be in Mumbai either for work or leisure during the attacks that have killed some 130 people. Meanwhile, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has expressed his sadness over the death of Ms Lo. He knows the family and had attended her wedding last year. Upon learning the tragic news, SM Goh went to visit the family who were in a state of shock. "Unfortunately, what we feared came true," Mr Goh told reporters. - CNA/ir

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