Thursday, December 11, 2008
Mumbai Terror Attack
The Mumbai Terror attack on November 2008 were a series of coordinated terrorists attack across Mumbai, the financial capital of India. The attacks were carried over by the armed men using automated weapons and grenades. The attacks started on 26 November and ended on 29 November, when the Indian security forces, in Operation Black Tornado, brought under control all the attack sites.
More than eight attacks took place in the site of South Mumbai: the Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the TajMahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Jewish centre Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and the lane behind the Times of India Building behind St. Xavier's College. There were also explosions heard around the Mumbai's port area and a taxi blast at Vile Parle.
The attackers traveled by sea from Karachi, Pakistan, across the Arabian Sea to Mumbai. They entered via speed boats that were on board trawlers. The trawlers left Pakistan and stopped at Porbandar, India, before landing in Mumbai.
Some people trapped in the hotels were forced to climb down using curtains or jump to safety.
Mumbai's main railway station was also hit. People fled the huge terminus leaving their luggage when gunmen opened fire.
Security forces managed to free some people from the hotels, but the stand-off continued throughout the day. The attacks were condemned by governments around the world, including the US and UK, whose citizens were among those apparently targeted by the gunmen.
Relatives of victims of the attacks grieved as they waited to pick up bodies from a hospital.
The ten attackers and their home towns in Pakistan have been identified by Mumbai police: Ajmal Amir from Fardikot, Ismail Khan from Dera Ismail Khan, Hafiz Arshad and Babr Imran from Multan, Javed from Okara, Shoaib from Narowal, Nazih and Nasr from Faisalabad, Abdul Rahman from Arifwalla, and Fahad Ullah from Dipalpur Taluka, Ismail Khan is in the North West Frontier Province, the rest of the towns are in Pakistani Punjab.
Ajmal Amir is the only gunman captured alive by police and is currently in Indian custody.