26/11 attack: How terrorists attacked major Mumbai hubs | India News – Times of India
Nine terrorists were killed by the security forces, while one Ajmal Amir Kasab was captured alive. Kasab was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.
The then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai’s additional police commissioner Ashok Kamte and senior police inspector Vijay Salaskar were among those killed in the attack.
The terrorists attacked major Mumbai hubs such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Cafe Leopold, Cama and Albless Hospital, Nariman House, and Oberoi-Trident Hotel.
They divided themselves into smaller groups and attacked different targets in the city.
The first attack was at Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus leaving 58 people dead and over 100 injured. Kasab who was a part of this attack, along with another terrorist Ismail, also targeted the Cama hospital.
Nariman House was targeted next.
The terrorists then attacked Leopold Cafe, Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Oberoi-Trident hotel.
Here’s a look at the main accused of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks:
Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is a UN-designated terrorist. Hafiz Saeed’s JuD is believed to be the front for Lashkar, which is responsible for the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Saeed, on whom the US has placed a $10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in February this year in two terror financing cases. The 70-year-old JuD chief is lodged at Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, is listed on NIA’s most wanted list. Lakhvi was one of the seven suspects arrested in Pakistan for their involvement in planning, financing and directing the 26/11 terror attacks. He was released on bail from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail in April 2015.
Ajmal Amir Kasab
Ajmal Amir Kasab was the only terrorist to be captured alive. He was caught on camera walking into the CST station holding an AK-47 in hand. He also gave a confession, detailing his criminal act. He was hanged to death at the Pune’s Yerawada central jail on November 21, 2012 in a top-secret operation and was buried inside the premises of the prison.
Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal was arrested in 2012 for being an alleged handler of 10 Pakistani gunmen. Being from Beed in Maharashtra, he taught the basics of Hindi usage to the Pakistani Laskhar squad. On the fateful day, he was in the Lashkar control room firing instructions to the terrorists. He also made the stunning claim that LeT chief Hafiz Saeed was present in the control room when the 26/11 masterminds choreographed the Mumbai attacks. On August 2 2016, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with arms haul case by the special MCOCA court.
David Coleman Headley
David Coleman Headley, an American terrorist of Pakistani origin is one of the chief architects of the 26/11 terrorist attacks. Headley is serving a 35-year prison sentence at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago as he had pleaded guilty before a US court in a plea bargain entailing cooperation for a less severe sentence. He was granted a conditional pardon by a Mumbai court in December 2015 after he told the court he had pled guilty to the same charges in the US and his US plea bargain bound him to even become a witness in the 26/11 case.
(With inputs from agencies)