Members of the Rapid Action Force personnel and Marine Commandos (MARCOS) and National Security Guards (NSG) commandos surrounded the attack areas. They managed to kill nine terrorists involved the horrifying attack. Several hostages were also rescued by the teams
The Nariman House which hosted the Jewish outreach group Chabad Lubavitch, was the next target. Israeli rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rikvah were killed in the attack. The couple's son Moshe, then 2 years old, remains one of the luckier victims who survived the tragedy
The attack sites which followed included the Oberoi hotel and the Leopold Cafe, areas commonly frequented by foreign nationals. Police officers were deployed at full strength to regain control over the sites
As the attacks continued to break out near the Times of India Office, the Vidhan Sabha and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation office, rescue workers quickly began operations to help victims. The deceased were respectfully moved to safer sites, while aid was provided to the wounded
Apart from hotels and restaurants, the terrorists also attacked the GT and Cama hospitals. Brave doctors and other medical staff tried to save as many patients as possible by locking them in
Visitors, who were not held hostage, were quickly evacuated from the sites. A team of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad quickly took control of the situation
Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers also joined in the counter-attack. A police officer is seen here monitoring the situation outside Nariman House
The next point of attack was the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel. There were six explosions reported at the hotel, leading to a major fire over the building
As police forces reached the site, it became known that the attackers had taken in many hostages. Among those trapped inside were members of the European Parliament.
Fire brigade personnel were brought to the scene as the fire engulfed the top floor of the hotel. Blasts had occurred in the hotel's lobby, two elevators and three in the restaurant
Firefighters also help with the rescue operations at the Taj Hotel. Many of the employees and guests at the hotel were evacuated from various windows
People also adopted ingenious methods such as using curtains and rods to escape from the attack site. The injured were helped and given immediate first aid
An unidentified survivor, who was badly wounded on his leg, was seen sitting outside the Taj hotel. Many such survivors awaited further assistance as well as, instructions
After a night of rigorous operations, members of the Indian National Security Guard rested for a moment at a monument outside the Taj hotel on the morning of November 27, 2008. Many security personnel had also suffered injuries during the attack
Following persistent efforts, hostages, who included many foreign nationals, were finally set free. Two such foreign hostages were seen walking free in exhaustion and fear after twenty-four hours of being trapped
Pictures from the outside of the Taj hotel served as a symbol of the horror that had ensued
Smoke continued to billow out of the symbol that had for decades represented Mumbai. Fear and anger had seeped through the population
Many fearless men and women had lost their lives during the tragedy. In all there were 13 co-ordinated explosions, leading to the death of 257 people and injuring more than 700 people. Bravehearts among the security forces who had lost their lives included Vijay Salaskar, Ashok Kamte, Hemant Karkare, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan among countless others. They continue to be deeply mourned
The dastardly attack began on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). Being one of the world's busiest train stations, the terrorist managed to rampantly kill hundreds. Police officials are seen walking through the victims' bodies, in a bid to assist any survivors.
The sole terrorist who was caught alive was Ajmal Kasab. He revealed that the attackers were members of the Pakistan-based, Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit. While Kasab was hanged to death on 21 November 2012, the group's ringleader and the mastermind behind India's worst terrorist attack, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, continues to enjoy the luxuries of life in his home country, Pakistan.
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