No terror attack wants to be remembered, but there are some that just can’t be forgotten no matter how hard we try. The attacks of 26/11 unfortunately happen to be one of those attacks. The incident that occurred on the 26th of November 2008 in Mumbai shook the entire nation and left people in shock for a long time.
This act of terror claimed the lives of a number of innocent people and was one of the worst attacks to hit India. After all these years, the memories still send shivers down the spines of people who witnessed the events. Here are some facts about the attacks of 26/11.
10. Multiple People Killed
This was not a bombing attack, but an open fire attack where a group of 6 terrorists opened fire at people in various parts of South Mumbai. They randomly kept shooting and hurting people without any motive. This attack killed a total of 164 people and injured over 600.
9. Railway Case
The railway police had filed a case against Ajmal Kasab for travelling ticketless. However they did not notice the huge bag he was carrying that was loaded with ammunition. Ajmal was the one who opened fire at CST station killing a number of people in his attack. He was the sole surviving terrorist who was later kept in police custody.
8. Major Tourist Attacked
While people believe that the spots attacked by the terrorists were random, the truth is they were planned spots that had a large number of tourists. Even after all these years, bullet marks are still prominent at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Leopold’s Cafe and the Oberoi Hotel. These places were packed during the attacks which led to the killing of so many people.
7. Chopper Trouble
When the commandos were called in, Indians all across the world breathed a sigh of relief. However they began to wonder why the commandos were taking so long to carry out the operation. After the attacks were brought under control, the commandos confessed that the chopper dropped them off on the roof of the wrong building instead of Nariman House where the terrorist were hiding. It took them a long time to get to the actual spot.
6. 22 Muslims Killed At CST
Of all the attacks that took place on the 26th of November 2008, the worst was the firing at CST station. Ajmal Amir Kasab and Abu Dera Ismail were responsible for this attack and in a span of just 15 minutes they managed to kill 58 people and injured 104 people. Out of the 58 people they killed, 22 were Muslims.
5. Planned Attack
The attacks of 26/11 had been planned for a very long time. The terrorists reached the city via a boat. According to Ajmal Kasab, they had been given instructions to target places such as Leopold’s Cafe, The Nariman House, Jewish Community Centre, The Taj Mahal Hotel and Tower, CST, The Oberoi Trident, The Metro Cinema and Cama Hospital.
4. Lone Survivor
A total of 10 terrorists came into Mumbai on the 26th of November and began to attack the city. They created chaos for a long time until they were finally hunted down and killed. While the cops wanted to try to capture them alive, they had to gun down most of them, except for one. Ajmal Kasab was captured alive and he was kept in police custody for a long time till he was hanged to death.
According to Kasab and various other sources, the attacks were planned and were conducted by Pakistans terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. The group not only planed the attack, but also funded the terrorists with all the ammunition that would help them kill as many people as they could spot. It is also believed that the terrorists had been trained for a long time before the attack.
2. Drugs To Stay Awake
According to the medical reports of the terrorists, they were on heavy drugs in order for them to stay awake. They had to travel a long distance before they reached the city and were expected to carry out all their tasks without any rest. In order for them to not feel tired to weak, they were injected with heavy doses of cocaine and LSD which helped them to stay pumped up.
1. Suspected I.S.I Involvement
According to a report submitted by the U.S officials, they suspected the involvement of Inter-Services Intelligence officers along with the Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in order for the success of this attack. They believed it was impossible for them to venture into India without the involvement of some strong personality from the country itself. Although they did not arrest any person with regards to the attack, their assumptions of the involvement could be true.