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<p><b>9.15 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2008<br>
</b>Firing was first reported from Leopold restaurant in Colaba, Mumbai. And
this time, terror had a face. There were five young terrorists between 20-25,
armed with AK-47s and grenades. They began shooting indiscriminately. Police
later claimed these five were out of a group of 12 terrorists that entered Mumbai from Gujarat on one of the many Gujarat Fisheries boats that come into Sasoon Dock.
The police said they used an inflatable raft from Sasoon Dock to enter Mumbai shores via Gateway of India.
That is where they got off and dispersed in different directions. Initial
reports put the firing as gang-war. Eyewitnesses said some of them spoke Arabic,
and they included Nigerian or Somali mercenaries.</p>
<p><b>9:20 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2008<br>
</b>Next, it was the turn of Nariman House, near the Bootleggers Pub in Colaba.
Two men on a scooter hurled a grenade at a nearby petrol pump which,
fortunately, missed the petrol reservoir but destroyed the facade of the petrol pump.
After which, the two terrorists ran into the Nariman House -- a building owned by the religious Jews' 'Chabad' movement
-- behind the petrol
pump. They kept a low profile there till
the morning of Thursday, November 27, till it became known that an Israeli rabbi
was among at least three to eight people being held hostage by them. Ask the government to talk to us and we will release the hostages, the militant, identified by the India TV channel as Imran, said, speaking in Urdu in what sounded like a Kashmiri accent.
Are you aware how many people have been killed in Kashmir? Are you aware how many of them have been killed in Kashmir this week?
</p>
<p><b>9:24 pm, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008<br>
</b>Another group of two gunmen meanwhile attacked the passenger
hall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) with AK-47s and grenades. As many as ten lives were lost here.
Hordes of
media persons could be seen jostling for space as the area was cordoned off with
no media being allowed near it even as an encounter went on inside. Hundreds of
commuters were stranded as trains were cancelled. The train service would only
resume on Thursday, Nov 27 morning. The photo shows the luggage of passengers scattered on a blood splattered platform.</p>

<p><b> 9:30 pm</b><b>, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008</b><br>
And then it was the turn of Taj hotel where they opened fire and hurled grenades
at the people. Evacuation and rescue operation continued through the night.
Blood soaked guests could be seen carried out into the waiting ambulances.
Bellboys could be seen rushing the injured out on luggage trolleys. Five minutes
later, at 9:35, it was next the turn of Trident hotel. Some cars were blown up
high in the air and other vehicles were also damaged in the blast which followed
the firing in the hotels. Windshields of cars parked nearby lay shattered in
tiny smithereens, even as fire could be seen raging out of the lobby.</p>


The globally renowned Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba, just opposite to historic Gateway of India was not lucky the third time around. The heritage hotel which bore the brunt of the 1993 serial blasts and again in 2003 at the Gateway of India, now played a mute witness to one of the bloodiest seize situation ever to be undertaken in the country. <p><b> 9:30 pm</b><b>, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008<br>
</b>A taxi blast rocked Vile Parle leaving three dead. Police suspected that in some cases explosives may have been kept in vehicles as some of them were blown to smithreens.
Police said 60 bodies were brought to St George's hospital. <p><b>10.45 pm, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008<br>
 </b>There was a blast in a taxi in Wadi Bunder in which the driver of the taxi 
died.  <p><b>Wednesday, November, 26, 2008<br>
 At 10.15 pm: </b>Terrorists came in a hijacked Skoda outside the Cama & Albless hospital 
and fired randomly, both inside and outside the hospital, leaving five people dead 
in their wake, including one police Inspector, two Constables and two watchmen. 
At <b> 10.30 pm, </b>there was a gun battle outside Metro cinema hall where Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar killed.
By <b>10:50 pm, t</b>he police confronted the two Skoda-driving terrorists at<b> </b> the Girgaum Chowpatty area, 
and shot them dead. Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus: An injured man is carried to a hospital. Not everyone was so lucky. The death toll in the co-ordinated serial attacks has already crossed 100 After the attack -- Police near CST station in Mumbai after the serial terror attack. ATS chief Hemant Karkare who was also in charge of the Malegaon blasts case, was gunned down when he was leading an operation at Hotel Taj against terrorists who had taken 15 people, including seven foreigners, as hostages. He was hit by three bullets in his chest. A total of five police officers are included in the toll of 11 put for the police personnel so far. The CST railway station is never so deserted -- after the attacks. Remains of a taxi after an explosion during serial terror attacks, at western express highway near domestic airport Army commandoes moved into Oberoi and the Taj Mahal hotels to flush out the terrorists. Army was rushed in, as was the NSG. But there were reports that the terrorists had taken some foreigners hostages at both the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels.  Eyewitnesses said the gunmen had targeted foreigners after they kept shouting: Who has U.S. Or U.K. Passports? It was not just the fear of the foreigners who were hostage but also many of the guests who were trapped inside that prevented a full-scale attack to flush out the terrorists. 
<p><b>Thursday, November 27, 2008<br>
</b>The famous dome of the Taj hotel, which is a landmark of the Mumbai skyline, was engulfed in thick smoke as the encounter went on and area reverberated with blast sounds and staccato of automatic weapons. Army and other forces engaged the militants in the main lobby.
Fire was seen coming out of the main dome and flames soon spread to other domes as well. The entire top floor was in the grip of heavy fire and severely damaged during the seize which claimed lives of several of its customers.
The flames were seen coming from windows of the top-floor as fire-fighters tried hard to evacuate the trapped and douse the flames.</p>
The Taj Mahal hotel, that was badly damaged in the terror attack, will be rebuilt to its full glory, its owner said today.In a statement, the owner, Tata Group's Indian Hotels, said, We will rebuild every inch that has been damaged in this attack and bring back the Taj to its full glory.
The Taj is very much a symbol of India. We are monitoring the development of the unfortunate situation unfolding in South Mumbai, in and around our hotel, and are fully cooperating with the police and the government authorities to ensure the safety and security of all our guests and staff, said the statement.
We will like to channelise all our effort and energy to ensure a speedy normalisation of the situation as best as we can, the statement added.

The fire spread and the fire brigade could only be deployed once the firing subsided a bit. While rescue operations were mounted to help the trapped residents and visitors, the terrorists lobbed some grenades at the fire-brigade as well. It took a good number of hours before it was safe for all the trapped to be rescued to safety. And then they came down, one by one. More than one hundred of them... Yes, it was just that sort of day... Employees of the Taj Hotel comfort each other after they were rescued from the hotel. Unidentified guests of the Taj Hotel comfort each other in an ambulance after they were rescued from the Taj in Mumbai Looking for friends and family... outside the Taj A grieving relative of a terrorist attack victim, facing camera, is consoled by others outside the St. Georges Hospital in Mumbai
Nov 27, 2008

9.15 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Firing was first reported from Leopold restaurant in Colaba, Mumbai. And this time, terror had a face. There were five young terrorists between 20-25, armed with AK-47s and grenades. They began shooting indiscriminately. Police later claimed these five were out of a group of 12 terrorists that entered Mumbai from Gujarat on one of the many Gujarat Fisheries boats that come into Sasoon Dock. The police said they used an inflatable raft from Sasoon Dock to enter Mumbai shores via Gateway of India. That is where they got off and dispersed in different directions. Initial reports put the firing as gang-war. Eyewitnesses said some of them spoke Arabic, and they included Nigerian or Somali mercenaries.



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Nov 27, 2008

9:20 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Next, it was the turn of Nariman House, near the Bootleggers Pub in Colaba. Two men on a scooter hurled a grenade at a nearby petrol pump which, fortunately, missed the petrol reservoir but destroyed the facade of the petrol pump. After which, the two terrorists ran into the Nariman House -- a building owned by the religious Jews' 'Chabad' movement -- behind the petrol pump. They kept a low profile there till the morning of Thursday, November 27, till it became known that an Israeli rabbi was among at least three to eight people being held hostage by them. "Ask the government to talk to us and we will release the hostages," the militant, identified by the India TV channel as Imran, said, speaking in Urdu in what sounded like a Kashmiri accent. "Are you aware how many people have been killed in Kashmir? Are you aware how many of them have been killed in Kashmir this week?"



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Nov 27, 2008

9:24 pm, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008
Another group of two gunmen meanwhile attacked the passenger hall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) with AK-47s and grenades. As many as ten lives were lost here. Hordes of media persons could be seen jostling for space as the area was cordoned off with no media being allowed near it even as an encounter went on inside. Hundreds of commuters were stranded as trains were cancelled. The train service would only resume on Thursday, Nov 27 morning. The photo shows the luggage of passengers scattered on a blood splattered platform.



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Nov 27, 2008

9:30 pm, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008
And then it was the turn of Taj hotel where they opened fire and hurled grenades at the people. Evacuation and rescue operation continued through the night. Blood soaked guests could be seen carried out into the waiting ambulances. Bellboys could be seen rushing the injured out on luggage trolleys. Five minutes later, at 9:35, it was next the turn of Trident hotel. Some cars were blown up high in the air and other vehicles were also damaged in the blast which followed the firing in the hotels. Windshields of cars parked nearby lay shattered in tiny smithereens, even as fire could be seen raging out of the lobby.



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Nov 27, 2008
The globally renowned Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba, just opposite to historic Gateway of India was not lucky the third time around. The heritage hotel which bore the brunt of the 1993 serial blasts and again in 2003 at the Gateway of India, now played a mute witness to one of the bloodiest seize situation ever to be undertaken in the country.

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Nov 27, 2008

9:30 pm, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008
A taxi blast rocked Vile Parle leaving three dead. Police suspected that in some cases explosives may have been kept in vehicles as some of them were blown to smithreens.

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Nov 27, 2008
Police said 60 bodies were brought to St George's hospital.

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Nov 27, 2008

10.45 pm, Wednesday, November, 26, 2008
There was a blast in a taxi in Wadi Bunder in which the driver of the taxi died. 

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Nov 27, 2008

Wednesday, November, 26, 2008
At 10.15 pm:
Terrorists came in a hijacked Skoda outside the Cama & Albless hospital  and fired randomly, both inside and outside the hospital, leaving five people dead in their wake, including one police Inspector, two Constables and two watchmen. At 10.30 pm, there was a gun battle outside Metro cinema hall where Additional Commissioner Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar killed. By 10:50 pm, the police confronted the two Skoda-driving terrorists at the Girgaum Chowpatty area, and shot them dead.

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Nov 27, 2008
Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus: An injured man is carried to a hospital. Not everyone was so lucky. The death toll in the co-ordinated serial attacks has already crossed 100

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Nov 27, 2008
After the attack -- Police near CST station in Mumbai after the serial terror attack. ATS chief Hemant Karkare who was also in charge of the Malegaon blasts case, was gunned down when he was leading an operation at Hotel Taj against terrorists who had taken 15 people, including seven foreigners, as hostages. He was hit by three bullets in his chest. A total of five police officers are included in the toll of 11 put for the police personnel so far.

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Nov 27, 2008
The CST railway station is never so deserted -- after the attacks.

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Nov 27, 2008
Remains of a taxi after an explosion during serial terror attacks, at western express highway near domestic airport

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Nov 27, 2008
Army commandoes moved into Oberoi and the Taj Mahal hotels to flush out the terrorists.

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Nov 27, 2008
Army was rushed in, as was the NSG. But there were reports that the terrorists had taken some foreigners hostages at both the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen had targeted foreigners after they kept shouting: "Who has U.S. Or U.K. Passports?" It was not just the fear of the foreigners who were hostage but also many of the guests who were trapped inside that prevented a full-scale attack to flush out the terrorists.

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Nov 27, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008
The famous dome of the Taj hotel, which is a landmark of the Mumbai skyline, was engulfed in thick smoke as the encounter went on and area reverberated with blast sounds and staccato of automatic weapons. Army and other forces engaged the militants in the main lobby. Fire was seen coming out of the main dome and flames soon spread to other domes as well. The entire top floor was in the grip of heavy fire and severely damaged during the seize which claimed lives of several of its customers. The flames were seen coming from windows of the top-floor as fire-fighters tried hard to evacuate the trapped and douse the flames.



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Nov 27, 2008
The Taj Mahal hotel, that was badly damaged in the terror attack, will be rebuilt to its full glory, its owner said today.In a statement, the owner, Tata Group's Indian Hotels, said, "We will rebuild every inch that has been damaged in this attack and bring back the Taj to its full glory. "The Taj is very much a symbol of India. We are monitoring the development of the unfortunate situation unfolding in South Mumbai, in and around our hotel, and are fully cooperating with the police and the government authorities to ensure the safety and security of all our guests and staff," said the statement. "We will like to channelise all our effort and energy to ensure a speedy normalisation of the situation as best as we can," the statement added.

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Nov 27, 2008
The fire spread and the fire brigade could only be deployed once the firing subsided a bit. While rescue operations were mounted to help the trapped residents and visitors, the terrorists lobbed some grenades at the fire-brigade as well. It took a good number of hours before it was safe for all the trapped to be rescued to safety.

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Nov 27, 2008
And then they came down, one by one. More than one hundred of them...

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Nov 27, 2008
Yes, it was just that sort of day... Employees of the Taj Hotel comfort each other after they were rescued from the hotel.

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Nov 27, 2008
Unidentified guests of the Taj Hotel comfort each other in an ambulance after they were rescued from the Taj in Mumbai

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Nov 27, 2008
Looking for friends and family... outside the Taj

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Nov 27, 2008
A grieving relative of a terrorist attack victim, facing camera, is consoled by others outside the St. Georges Hospital in Mumbai

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Nov 27, 2008

9.15 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Firing was first reported from Leopold restaurant in Colaba, Mumbai. And this time, terror had a face. There were five young terrorists between 20-25, armed with AK-47s and grenades. They began shooting indiscriminately. Police later claimed these five were out of a group of 12 terrorists that entered Mumbai from Gujarat on one of the many Gujarat Fisheries boats that come into Sasoon Dock. The police said they used an inflatable raft from Sasoon Dock to enter Mumbai shores via Gateway of India. That is where they got off and dispersed in different directions. Initial reports put the firing as gang-war. Eyewitnesses said some of them spoke Arabic, and they included Nigerian or Somali mercenaries.



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