11/26 Mumbai Terror Attack: Timeline of Tragic Four Day Attack


On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists attacked Mumbai, the financial center of India, and it has been 14 years since those events. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Hotel Trident, Nariman House, Leopold Cafe and Cama Hospital were among the busy areas targeted by the terrorists in the city.

166 people, including security personnel, lost their lives in the tragic events as the National Security Guard (NSG) and Mumbai Police shot and killed nine terrorists. Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist found alive, was found guilty and sentenced to death. Kasab was hanged on November 21, 2012, five days before the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 attack. Following the attacks, a number of politicians resigned, including Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Shivraj Patil, the then Union Home Minister.

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Here’s a brief timeline of events that took place during a four-day attack:


Ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists arrive in Mumbai by speedboat from Karachi. The first reports from the city come in late at night. Although initial reports speak of a “gang war”, it soon became clear that it was a terrorist attack.

Two terrorists enter the Trident, two more enter the Taj, and another four enter the Nariman House. The other two, including Kasab, begin firing at the CSMT, killing 58 and injuring more than 100. Then Kasab and Ismail Khan go to Cama Hospital. They attack six police officers along the way, including Ashok Kamte, Vijay Salaskar and the former head of the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), Hemant Karkare.

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The two then flee in the jeep driven by the officers, but the Mumbai police catches them. Khan is killed in the ongoing gunfight and Kasab is taken into custody. Police officer Tukaram Ombale is killed in the line of duty.


The Taj, Trident and Nariman House are surrounded by army and naval commandos. Operation Black Tornado is launched by the elite NSG, sent to attack the locations.

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Trident and Nariman House operations are completed by commandos on November 28.


The National Security Guard secures the Taj and puts an end to the attacks.

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