On 26 November, 12 years ago, ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived in Mumbai by sea route and laid siege to the city for 60 hours. They wreaked havoc in the city killing 166 people including 18 security personnel and injuring several others.
Nine militants were killed by security forces, while one Ajmal Amir Kasab was captured alive. Kasab was hanged on November 21, 2012, after four years.
Those killed in the attack included the then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar.
The terrorists attacked major Mumbai hubs like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Cafe Leopold, Cama and Albales Hospital, Nariman House, and Oberoi-Trident Hotel.
They divided themselves into small groups and attacked various targets in the city.
The first attack took place at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in which 58 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured. Kasab, who was part of the attack along with another terrorist, Ismail, also targeted Cama Hospital.
The next target was Nariman House.
The terrorists then attacked Leopold Cafe, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Oberoi-Trident Hotel.
See here the main accused of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks:
The mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is a UN-designated terrorist. Hafiz Saeed's JuD is believed to be at the forefront of the Lashkar, which is responsible for the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Saeed, who has a US $ 10 million bounties, was arrested on July 17 last year in terrorist financing cases. In February this year, he was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan to 11 years in prison in two terrorist financing cases. The 70-year-old JuD chief is lodged in Lakhore's high-security Kot Lakhpat Jail.
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been placed on the most wanted list of the NIA. Lakhvi was one of seven suspects arrested in Pakistan for planning, financing, and directing 26/11 terrorist attacks. He was released on bail in April 2015 from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
Ajmal Amir Kasab
Ajmal Amir Kasab was the only terrorist caught alive. He was caught on camera walking at the CST station holding an AK-47 in his hand. He also gave a confession detailing his criminal act. He was hanged at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune on November 21, 2012, in a top-secret operation and buried inside the premises of the jail.
Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal was arrested in 2012 for being the alleged handler of 10 Pakistani gunmen. Being from Beed in Maharashtra, he taught the Pakistani Laskar Squad the basics of Hindi usage. He was instructing the terrorists in the LeT control room. He also made a surprising claim that Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed was present in the control room when the 26/11 mastermind choreographed the Mumbai attacks. On 2 August 2016, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special MCOCA court for weapons possession.
David Coleman Headley
David Coleman Headley, an American terrorist of Pakistani origin is one of the main accused in the 26/11 terrorist attacks. Headley is serving a 35-year prison sentence at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, as he pleaded guilty before a US court on a plea supporting a less harsh sentence. He was given a conditional pardon by a Mumbai court in December 2015 after he told the court that he had pleaded guilty to similar charges in the US and his US plea forced him to be a witness in the 26/11 case.