Remembering the Mumbai terror attack 26/11

#Mumbai: Floral tributes were laid on Monday to those who lost their lives while fighting Pakistani terrorists who had attacked the metropolis 10 years ago.

On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores.  

The horrific terrorist attack in Paris was likely modeled on an earlier terrorist horror, the November 26-29, 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, in which ten terrorists killed 164 and wounded more than 300.

Mumbai has been studied by both terrorists and counter-terrorists because it set a gold standard for how a small group of suicidal fanatics can paralyze a major city, attract global attention, and terrorize a continent. 

In Mumbai, all but one fought to the death as ordered by the plot’s masterminds. The Mumbai attackers used cell phones to communicate with their bosses in Pakistan, who gave them instructions as they carried out their gruesome operation.

Paying tribute to the slain victims

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was among the dignitaries who paid homage at the 26/11 police memorial site at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai.

“I pay homage to the brave policemen who fought for Mumbai’s safety and laid down their lives for us on 26/11. We are proud of them and we will strive hard for the safety and security of our state,” Fadnavis said. 

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Police Chief Datta Padsalgikar and Mumbai Commissioner of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal also attended the ceremony.

Family members of the policemen who lost their lives during the attacks were also present during the ceremony.

In pictures here’s the story of how this solemn day was observed

In this file photo taken on December 17, 2008 pedestrians walk past the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai India on November 26, 2018, marked the tenth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks with ceremonies at sites across the city that became battlegrounds in the wave of violence that killed scores and dealt a critical blow to relations with neighbouring Pakistan. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel will hold a private service to remember the 31 people who died there. 
Photo Credits: AFP  
Vehicles drive past the Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, one of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks, on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the attacks in Mumbai on November 25, 2018. Ten years ago Islamist militants from Pakistan laid siege to India’s financial capital Mumbai for three days, killing 166 people and injuring hundreds more. 
Photo Credits: PTI 
In this picture taken on November 26, 2008, Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud (C) addresses a group of media representatives in the Mamouzai area of Orakzai Agency.  
Photo Credits: DNA Archives
Security taking a position at Taj   
Photo Credits: DNA Archives 
Policemen pay their respects at a memorial to mark the tenth anniversary of the November 26, 2008 attacks, at a railway station in Mumbai, India, November 26, 2018. 
Photo Credits: Reuters 
Staff of the Cama Hospital, one of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks, pay respects at the memorial during an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2018. Ten years ago Islamist militants from Pakistan laid siege to India’s financial capital Mumbai for three days, killing 166 people and injuring hundreds more. 
Photo Credits: AFP  
Members of the Mumbai Police pay their respects at the Police Memorial, during an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai militant attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2018. – Ten years ago Islamist militants from Pakistan laid siege to India”s financial capital Mumbai for three days, killing 166 people and injuring hundreds more.
Photo Credits: AFP 
Inspector Salaskar was among the first causalities with ATS Chief Hemant Karkare and Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte during the 26/11 attacks on the megapolis. 
Photo Credits: DNA Archives 
A man walks past a wall riddled with bullet holes opposite to the Nariman House, one of the targets of the November 26, 2008 attacks, after the renaming ceremony of Nariman House as Nariman Light House in Mumbai, India, November 25, 2018.
Photo Credits: Reuters 
Army Men take positions on November 26, 2018. 
Photo Credits: DNA Archive 

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