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Timeline of Mumbai’s Night of Terror on November 26th

The terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, carried out by ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in the country’s financial hub, are now 13 years old. The terrorists attacked the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Hotel Trident, Nariman House, Leopold Cafe, and Cama Hospital, among other places in the city.

Nine terrorists were killed down by the National Security Guard (NSG) and Mumbai Police, killing a total of 166 persons, including security personnel. The lone terrorist arrested alive, Ajmal Kasab, was found guilty and sentenced to death. Kasab was executed on November 21, 2012, five days before the fourth anniversary of the four-day attacks.

Here’s a brief sequence of events:

On November 26, ten Lashkar terrorists arrive in Mumbai by speedboat from Karachi. The first reports from the city begin to arrive late in the evening. Despite initial reports claiming that a ‘gang fight’ is taking place, it quickly becomes evident that this is a terrorist strike.

Four terrorists enter the Taj, two terrorists enter the Trident, and two more terrorists enter the Nariman House. The other two, including Kasab, opened fire on the CSMT, killing 58 people and injured over 100 more. Kasab and Ismail Khan then make their way to the Cama Hospital. They ambush and kill six police officers along the route, including Hemant Karkare, the then-head of the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), Vijay Salaskar, and Ashok Kamte.

The two flee in the officers’ jeep, but are apprehended by Mumbai cops. Khan is slain in the ensuing brawl, while Kasab is apprehended. Tukaram Ombale, a police officer, gets slain in the line of duty.

The Taj, Trident, and Nariman House are surrounded by army forces and Marine commandos on November 27. Operation Black Tornado is launched by the elite NSG, who have been dispatched to raid the sites.

The operation at the Trident and Nariman House is completed on November 28.

The Taj is secured by the NSG on November 29th, bringing the attacks to a close.

Following the attacks, several politicians, including then-Union home minister Shivraj Patil and Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, resigned.

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