26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack Anniversary: Recounting 60 Hours of Deadliest Terror Attack

26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack Anniversary: Recounting 60 Hours of Deadliest Terror Attack
26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack Anniversary: Recounting 60 Hours of Deadliest Terror Attack

On this day in 2008, as many as 166 people were killed, when 10 heavily armed terrorists carried out the deadliest attack in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. Mumbai witnessed a series of shooting and bombing attacks in several parts, which lasted for four days. On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists reached Mumbai through sea route from port city Karachi in Pakistan.

The militants hijacked fishing dingy and killed four of the five men crew. Meanwhile, a group of terrorists carried out the first attack at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) railway station, after sailing to the city in the dark. Militants Ajmal Amir Kasab and Ismail Khan killed as many as 58 people and injured 100 people at CSTM railway station.

Afterwards, Ajmal and Ismail entered to attack Cama Hospital which was thwarted as hospital staff was alert. After leaving the hospital, the duo came across team of police personnel and opened fire. They killed six police officials, which includes Anti-Terrorism Squad Hemant Karkare.

Then, the second attack took place at Nariman House business and residential complex where a Rabbi, his wife and six others, including five Israeli citizens, were killed by the militants who first held them as hostage. During this, a two-year-child of the Rabbi couple survived in the attack.

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The third location of the attack was Leopold Cafe where four militants killed 10 persons. The cafe was left with  bloodstains on the floor. Then, the four terrorists entered Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, where they killed 31 people after laying a three-day siege at the hotel. At the same time, two terrorists attacked the Oberoi-Trident hotel.

A day later, the National Security Guards (NSG) commandos secured the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Nine terrorits were killed in these gruesome attacks. During the attacks, Ajmal Amir Kasab was caught and was sentenced to death at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2012.

-PTC News