Mumbai Attack: 26/11

Published on May 15, 2017

India has faced number terror attack since independence. But terror attack in Mumbai 26/11 in 2008 was the worst.

It was on 21st November, 2008 that ten terrorists left Pakistan in boat and headed towards India.

The terrorists killed four fishermen and hijacked an Indian trawler and threatened the captain to sail to India on 23 November, 2008.

On 26th November, while they were 7km away from the Mumbai shore, the terrorists killed the captain and headed towards Colaba in inflatable speedboats.

After reaching the docks at Macchimar Nagar, in Mumbai’s Cuffe Parade neighborhood, six of them got down and introduced themselves as students.

The remaining four men came ashore at Badhwar Park and headed in two different ways.

They targeted Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, Leopold Café, TajMahal Palace & Tower Hotel, Oberoi Trident Hotel, Metro Cinema, Cama and Albless Hospital and Nariman House.

Two gunmen first attacked the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, one of the busiest rail stations in the world and killed about 58 people including 22 Muslims and injured more than 104 in just 15 minutes.

Two attackers Soheb and Abu Umer attacked the Leopold Café on the evening of 26 November, killing at least 10 people.

Four hostages were killed by two attackers including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka Holtzberg, who was six months pregnant in the Nariman house in Colaba.

Attackers entered Hotel Taj Mahal between 9:35 and 9:45 p.m. on November 26 and exploded six bombs in four different locations in the hotel.

About 450 people were staying in the hotel at that time but firefighters rescued 200 hostages from windows using ladders during the first night.

By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj Hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police Department and security forces.

On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted ‘Operation Black Tornado’ to flush out the remaining attackers in Hotel Taj.

Approximately 31 people were killed in the three-day siege and a total of 170 people died in the attack.

Nine gunmen were killed except Mohammad Ajmal Aamir Kasab. He was arrested by Mumbai Police and NSG Commandos and hanged till death.

The NSG rescued 250 people from the Oberoi, 300 from the Taj and 60 people from Nariman House.

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