14 Years To 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks! Here’s A Brief Timeline


Mumbai: Fourteen years ago, on November 26, a group of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists entered the financial capital of India, Mumbai, and stormed it for four consecutive days, claiming the lives of 166 people, including foreigners. This incident shook one of the most important cities in the country to its core, as the areas surrounding it were in the grip of terror.

Here’s a timeline of the events that took place on the fateful day :

November 26: The 10 Lashkar terrorists arrive in Mumbai from Karachi on speedboats. Late evening, first reports begin streaming in from the metropolis. Though the initial reports state that a ‘gang war’ is going on, it soon becomes clear that this is a terrorist attack.

Four of the terrorists enter the Taj, two enter the Trident, while two others enter the Nariman House. The remaining two, including Kasab, open fire at the CSMT, killing 58 people and injuring more than 100. Kasab and his partner, Ismail Khan, then move towards the Cama Hospital. On the way, they ambush and kill six police officials, including then Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte.

The duo then flee in the officers’ jeep but are intercepted by the Mumbai Police. In the ensuing scuffle, Khan is killed while Kasab is arrested. Constable Tukaram Ombale is killed in action.

November 27: Army soldiers and Marine commandos surround the hostage sites–the Taj, Trident and Nariman House. The elite NSG, deployed to storm the sites, launch Operation Black Tornado.

November 28: Commandos finish the operation at the Trident, as well as Nariman House.

November 29: The attacks come to an end with the NSG securing the Taj.

The attacks led to a spate of resignations, with then Union home minister Shivraj Patil and Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, among others, stepping down.


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