The 2008 Mumbai attacks (also referred to as 26/11) were a series of deadly terrorist attacks👿 that took place in Mumbai in Nov. 2008.
These attacks which lasted for four days (from 26th to 29th Nov.) symbolized a new kind of terrorism; a handful of attackers👥 targeting multiple urban targets leading to heavy casualties.
How it all happened?
On the night of 26th Nov., 10 terrorists trained and sent by Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba landed in speedboats🚤 on Mumbai’s shore.
They, then hijacked cars🚗 and split into three groups to carry out the attacks.
Using automatic weapons and hand grenades, they targeted civilians at numerous sites including Chhatrapati Shivaji railway station, the Leopold Café, two hospitals🏥, a Jewish centre, a theatre and two luxury hotels Oberoi Trident and the Taj.
While most of the attacks ended within a few hours, the terrorists continued with their ghastly act😨 at The Trident and The Taj.
Dozens of guests and staff at these hotels were either trapped😣 by gunfire or held hostage.
The Flush out Operation
Indian security forces👮♂ soon swung into action and stormed all the sites where terrorists were holding up, killing most of them.
They secured all the sites✌ except the Taj by the morning of 28th Nov.
On 29 Nov., NSG commandos ended the terror run✊ by killing all but one of the terrorists at the Taj.
The Casualty Figure
175 people including 9 attackers died😪 during these attacks which also left more than 300 people wounded.
Justice handed out to Kasab
The lone terrorist caught alive by the security forces named Ajmal Kasab was 👉convicted after a lengthy trial and was hanged to death in Nov. 2012.
David Headley, a Pakistani American, who helped😠 the terrorists plan these attacks was sentenced to 35 years in prison in the U.S in 2013.