The gunmen were well trained, well armed and ready for a long siege. One backpack the commandos found had 400 rounds of ammunition inside. Some gunmen carried almonds to eat during a long siege and dollars, rupees and credit cards from local and international banks. (more here) hat tip randall
Who is giving them credit cards? Which international banks?
UPDATE: MUMBAI: A officer of Indian Navy said on Friday that they recovered several credit cards issued by top Indian and foreign banks from a rucksack of a terrorist at the Taj while conducting their combing operation on early Thursday morning. (hat tip Randall)
Economic Times:The credit cards were issued by Citibank, HSBC, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and SBM (State Bank of Mauritius). "We recovered several credit cards apart from US$ 1200 from the rucksack," the Indian Navy officer, who had participated in the operation from early Thursday morning at the Taj said.
"We have forwarded all the evidence to the Mumbai police for further investigations," the officer said on conditions of anonymity due to security reasons.
The marine commandos or Marcos of the Indian Navy also recovered a national identity card issued by the government of Mauritius from the rucksack which contained 400 extra rounds of the notorious assault rifle - AK-47 and Made-in-China grenades.
What has come as a surprise that the terrorists managed to get hold of multiple credit cards in spite of strict Know Your Clients norms formulated by the Reserve Bank of India to avoid money laundering and use of banks by the terror outfits.
When contacted a [bailout] Citi spokesperson said: "We have not received any information on this from the authorities . Our procedures require validation of identity and address of all our customers, in line with regulatory norms. If we are approached by the authorities, we will cooperate with them fully" .
Other banks did not respond as they had not been officially informed by the police as yet and did not have any details on the cards.
Citibank - (US bailout)
HSBC - New York Bank + international operations
ICICI Bank - India's 2nd largest bank
Axis Bank - was UTI, India bank
HDFC Bank - India Bank
SBM (State Bank of Mauritius)