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26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack: Incident that Shook India, Facts and Details about the Attack

26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack: Incident that Shook India, Facts and Details about the Attack: 26th November 2008, a day of terror for Mumbai, the night which won’t be forgotten by India when the Mumbai was hijacked by ten Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyiban associates. On its ninth anniversary we provide you some of the details and facts about 26/11 terrorist attack. So, let’s have a look.

Facts about 26/11 terrorist attack

There were total ten Pakistani gunmen linked with the terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiban abducted various buildings in Mumbai, carried out a sequence of 12 coordinated firing and bombing attacks which last four days across Mumbai, leaving 308 people wounded and164 people dead.

During the rescue mission, nine of the gunmen were executed during the attacks and only one gunmen survived. The only surviving gunman name was Mohammed Ajmal Kasab who was then taken into the custody and was executed in November 2012.

According to the reports by the officials, those ten gunmen traveled from Karachi, Pakistan, to Mumbai through a boat which they hijacked in their way, killing all the crew members except the captain of the boat and throwing their bodies overboard. They then forced the captain to take them to Mumbai.

Just before reaching the sea shore of the Mumbai they killed the captain by slitting his throat. They then entered Mumbai on a rubber dinghy after which they attack various places in Mumbai.

The terrorists stopped at the Mumbai waterside near the Gateway of India monument. They split into 3 groups and hijacked various buildings, cars, as well as a police van. The attackers used automatic weapons and grenades for the attack.

Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik gives the final touches to a sand sculpture of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab on a beach in the eastern Indian state of Odisha November 21, 2012. India secretly hanged Kasab, the lone survivor of the Pakistan-based militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people, sparking celebrations days before the fourth anniversary of the assault. REUTERS/Stringer (INDIA – Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY) – GM1E8BL1TNK01

Here are the details of the places in Mumbai where the terrorist attack took place:

Cafe Leopold:

26th November 2008

2 terrorist attacked Cafe Leopold and killed 10 people, the attack lasts 10:15 minutes and leaving many injured.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station:

26th November 2008

Armed with AK-47 rifles, 2 terrorist, Ajmal and Ismail enter the passenger hall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station where they open fire and throw grenades on the crowd leading to killing 52 people and injuring 109 people at the railway station. The attack ended after 90 minutes.

Cama and Albless Hospital:

26th November 2008

After attacking in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station Ajmal and Ismail then proceed to the Cama Hospital. One of the Hospital staff noticed their approach and informed all the staff members, locking all of the patient’s rooms. The two terrorist reached the Hospital and open fire. Outside the hospital, gunmen hijacked the police jeep by killing all the six police officers in the jeep, later Ismail was killed and Kasab was arrested.

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel:

26th November 2008 to 29th November 2008

Time: 23:00 (26th November) to 8:00 (29th November)

Four terrorist entered Taj Mahal Palace, killing Approximately 31 people in the four day blockade.

Nariman House:

27th November: 28th November 2008

Time: 7:00 (27th November) to 20:30 (28th November)

2 terrorist attacked the building where six hostages were killed in a 2 day siege at a Jewish community centre and 9 hostages were rescued from the first floor. NSG commandos kill the 2 terrorists, declaring the rescue operation over.

Oberoi: Trident Hotel:

27th November: 28th November 2008

Time: 6:00 (27th November) to 15:00 (28th November)

2 terrorist attacked the Oberoi: Trident Hotel, where 24 hostages were killed in a 2 day siege and 143 hostages were rescued and the 2 gunman were shot dead.

Outcome of the 26/11 terrorist attack:

25th February 2009: Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman was charged for the Mumbai terrorist attack.

3rd October 2009: US citizen David Coleman Headley, who was accused of seeking out the locations to target in the Mumbai attack, was arrested in Chicago.

18th October 2009: Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana who was suspected for responsible of assisting the 2008 attacks by helping David Coleman Headley, providing him fake Pakistani visa, was arrested in Chicago.

25th November 2009: Seven men from Pakistan were accused, linking with the attacks, together with the alleged mastermind of the attack, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

18th March 2010: David Coleman Headley pleads guilty.

3rd May 2010: Kasab was found guilty of the murder, conspiracy and conducting war on India on the Mumbai attack.

6th May 2010: Kasab was given death sentence, to hang till death.

9th June 2011: Rana wass found not guilty of the conspiracy to arrange for the material support to the Mumbai attackers.

21st November 2012: Kasab was hanged till death at 7:30 a.m. in an Indian prison.

24th January 2013: David Coleman Headley was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

13th March 2015: The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan instructs the discharge of Lakhvi, calling his custody is illegal.

10th April 2015: Lakhvi was released on bail.

29th January 2017: Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the leader of a group linked with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as well as the mastermind of Mumbai terrorist attack was arrested in Pakistan for his suspected role in the attacks.

24th November 2017: Authorities in Pakistan freed Saeed from the house arrest. On this action US government said it was “deeply concerned” about his release.