On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists infiltrated south Mumbai via the sea and launched attacks at several locations in the city. The attack by the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba killed 166 and injured over 300 people.
Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde honored the martyrs who lost their lives in the Mumbai terrorist attacks 15 years ago today. This incident, commonly known as the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, lasted for three days.
Bais and Shinde laid floral tributes at the Martyrs Memorial located in the police commissioner’s office premises in South Mumbai. Senior police officers and family members of the martyred police personnel also paid their respects to the martyrs.
The 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks occurred on November 26, 2008, when ten Pakistani terrorists infiltrated South Mumbai through the sea and carried out attacks at multiple locations in the city. The terrorist group responsible for the audacious attacks was Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and it resulted in the loss of 166 lives and injuries to over 300 people.
Last week, just before the anniversary, Israel reaffirmed the categorization of Lashkar-e-Taiba as a terrorist organization. Speaking to the media, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lior Haiat stated that the designation, originally made in 2013, had been officially recorded again recently.
Among those killed during the attacks were six Jews when terrorists seized the Chabad House (Nariman House), a Jewish outreach center in Mumbai. This incident occurred amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Timeline of the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks:
- November 21 (Evening): Ten terrorists set sail from Karachi, Pakistan, on a boat and spent approximately 30 hours at sea without being detected by the Indian Navy.
- November 22: Each of the 10 attackers carries six to seven magazines, totaling 30 rounds each, along with weapons such as hand grenades, AK-47 assault rifles, a self-loading revolver, credit cards, and a supply of dried fruits.
- November 23: The terrorists hijack an Indian trawler, Kuber, resulting in the deaths of four crew members. They force the captain to navigate towards India.
- November 26: The terrorists reach Mumbai’s shores, kill Kuber’s captain, and proceed to Colaba in three inflatable speedboats.
At 8:10 PM, the terrorists reach the fisherman’s colony in the Cuffe Parade area of Mumbai. Six terrorists disembark while the others remain on the boats. When questioned by local residents about their business, the terrorists claim to be students.
At 8:30 PM, another group arrives at Colaba, near Kaf Parade Park. When they come into contact with Marathi-speaking fishermen, they instruct them to stay away before proceeding in different directions.
Information about gunfire at Leopold Cafe is received, where 10 people lost their lives, and several, including a Reuters news reporter, were injured. They placed bombs in two taxis, resulting in the death of five people and injuries to 15.
Four attackers enter the Taj Mahal Hotel, two enter Oberoi Trident, and two enter Nariman House, while two others, Ajmal Kasab and Ismail, take a taxi for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).
At 9:20 PM, armed with AK-47 and AK-74 rifles, Kasab and Ismail initiate an attack on CSMT, resulting in 58 deaths and 104 injuries from gunfire and grenade attacks.
At 10:30 PM, Kasab and Ismail go to Cama Hospital. When hospital staff learns of the attackers’ presence, they lock their room. ATS Chief Hemant Karkare and three officers are killed in a shootout. The terrorists hijack a jeep but are intercepted by Gamdevi police near Girgaum Chowpatty. Ismail is killed, and Kasab is captured.
November 28: Commando operation concludes at Oberoi Hotel, 24 bodies are recovered, and 143 hostages are saved. Two terrorists are killed.
At 7:30 AM, NSG commandos are deployed on the roof of Nariman House via fast-roping to prevent the attack on commandos. At 7:30 PM, commandos identify all six hostages, including Rabbi and his wife, saving them from terrorists’ torture and killing.
At 8:30 PM, two terrorists are killed in a fierce gunfight, and the Nariman House operation is declared over.
November 29: At 8:00 AM, despite room-to-room searches, control is announced over the Taj Hotel. Celebrations erupt on the streets.
At 4:20 PM, news arrives that Taj Mahal Hotel is completely under government control.
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