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Homeland Security chief visits Mumbai, India, site of terrorist attack

By Carol Cratty, CNN Senior Producer
  • Janet Napolitano meets with police to discuss ways for big cities to deal with terrorism
  • She visits Taj hotel, one of the places hit by gunmen in 2008 attack
  • She also visits memorial for ceremony to honor Mumbai police killed in the attacks

Washington (CNN) -- Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Wednesday wrapped up a two-day visit to Mumbai, India, the site of the November 2008 terrorist attacks by 10 gunmen that killed more than 160 people. She met with counterterrorism and law enforcement officials.

In a statement, Napolitano called India a "steadfast partner" and said that what happened in Mumbai is "a stark reminder of why we must continue working together to enhance our shared security."

She met with police officials to discuss policing and training strategies for big cities and ways to deter or respond to terrorism. She also met with Acting U.S. Consulate General James Herman to discuss "critical port, border and maritime security operations" with India.

Napolitano visited one of the places struck by the gunmen in 2008 -- the Taj hotel -- and received a security briefing there. The sight of the hotel on fire was one of the indelible images of the Mumbai attacks. A number of the attackers, who the Indian government says were organized by the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, held on there for three days until Indian commandos regained control of the hotel.

She also visited the Mumbai Police Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of 16 members of the Mumbai Police killed during the attacks.

After her stop in Mumbai, Napolitano headed to New Delhi for meetings and to launch a new initiative to increase information-sharing between the U.S. and India on security issues.