Lest we forget, Remembering 26/11

A decade after 26/11, the horrific terror attack on Mumbai in 2008, the nation paid homage to the victims of the horrific tragedy. However, the perpetrators, including the mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, are roaming free in Pakistan.

On 26th November 2008, 10 members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, leaving 166 people dead and over 300 injured.

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Starting from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, where Ismail Khan and Ajmal Kasab opened fire, killing 58 people and leaving 104 injured, the terrorists attacked in The Leopold Cafe in Colaba Causeway, South Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Palace, Tower Hotel, Nariman point and ending at the Oberoi- Trident Hotel in the night.

The terrorists deployed all means at their disposal – bomb explosions, holding innocents hostage, firing at the security forces – for over 60 hours. More than 200 NSG commandos arrived from Delhi on November 27, took over the operations. They finally freed the hostages and secured the buildings on November 28.

Eighteen brave hearts sacrificed their lives while fighting the terrorists.


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‘A grateful nation bows to our brave police and security forces who valiantly fought the terrorists during the Mumbai attacks,’ said Prime Modi Minister while paying tribute to the victims of 26/11.

However, little progress has been made in punishing the guilty as Pakistan continues to delay the probe.

After the attacks, the government decided to spread out the NSG commandos to some big cities in what came to be known as ‘NSG hubs’ for faster response to terror attacks.

Here is what the leaders from India and abroad said on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

The US Secretary of States, Mike Pompeo, expressed his sorrow over the attack and has offered a reward of upto $5 million to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest or conviction of any of the terrorists involved in the 26/11 attacks

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “We stand resolute & united against terrorism,” in his tweet.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted

 

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