BOMBAY-----CITY UNDER THREAT
FATAL PLANNINGS OF BLOWING UP THE MUMBAI'S ATMOSHPHERE
Today terrorism is the main factor on which the whole world is facing many problems. Recently the big heart stopping controversy took place in mumbai. The city was sleeping in the midnite and suddenly the things got mixed up in terror when some of 10-11 terrorist broke out in open firing against people who were tottally innocent and were doing there day to day activities.
FATAL PLANNINGS OF BLOWING UP THE MUMBAI'S ATMOSHPHERE
The November 2008 Mumbai attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Mumbai, India's financial capital and largest city. The attacks began on 26 November 2008 and ended on 29 November 2008 when Indian security forces, in Operation Black Tornado, regained control of all attack sites. At least 188 people were killed and at least 293 were injured in the attacks.
Eight of the attacks took place at sites in South Mumbai proper: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Orthodox Jewish-owned Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building behind St. Xavier's College. There was also an explosion at the Mazagaon docks in Mumbai's port area. A possible tenth incident involved a taxi blast at Vile Parle near the airport, but it is uncertain whether this was connected to the other nine attacks.
By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj Mahal Palace had been secured by police and security forces. An action by India's National Security Guards on 29 November resulted in the conclusion of the Taj Mahal Palace encounter, ending all fighting in the attacks.
Initially, a previously unknown organization called the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility. Later, Azam Amir Kasav, the single terrorist who was captured alive, disclosed that the attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant organization, considered a terrorist organization by India, the United States, the United Kingdom, among others. However, no official attribution of responsibility has been made by the Indian Government.
photos when gunmen launched firing agains people killing scores of them
This terrorist then went to the famous luxurious taj hotel..occcupied the whole building and started to fire like any thing on the people. There were large numbers of peoples and this terrorists started to shoot any one who were coming in there way. they started to throw the handgrenades in such well known hotel and in meantime they turned such a beautiful heaven in a real hell. This terrorist even not had a mercy on the hostages they had with them in the hotels. They even started to kill them one by one like a psyco killers.
photo of well-known taj hotel when terrorists thrown handgrenades inside the hotel.
There was a large number of dead bodies surrounded the city at that ill time in such a manner that even no one can ever forget. I just ask what is the need to kill this innocent peoples having done no crime ?
Large number of peoples got killed in desperate and ugly manner.
pics of people just struggling with there destiny.
Both American and Indian authorities have little doubt that the Mumbai attacks were directed by militants inside Pakistan. Moreover, United States and Indian intelligence sources increasingly accuse Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, which is the organization directly blamed by Mumbai police, for planning and carrying out the attacks. They also say that former officers from Pakistan’s Army and its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency helped train the Mumbai attackers. Police are looking into possible Indian collaborators, also trained in Pakistan.
India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said the attacks probably involved people from outside of India. According to police reports, the one terrorist who was captured alive disclosed that the attackers belonged to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamist group, which may have severe consequences for India–Pakistan relations. Pakistan denied supporting any terrorist organization. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari told CNN that no proof has been given that he is a Pakistani, but that the gunman plus the planners should be considered "stateless actors". But the Mumbai police are certain he is from Pakistan, and are fairly sure the rest of the gunmen were, too. NDTV reports India having proof that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI was behind the deadly Mumbai attacks. It also reports, "the US has told Pakistan that they have proof of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba's role and sought the arrest of its chief Hafeez Sayeed."
A previously unknown organization identifying itself as the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility by e-mail sent to news organizations. The email, sent from a Russia-based email address, originated in Pakistan. The New York Times has stated that international security experts "drew a blank on" the Deccan Mujahideen group, with one analyst labeling it a "front name".
The Indian Mujahideen terrorist group had also threatened in September 2008 to carry out bombings at sites in Mumbai. According to some news reports, a terrorist holding hostages at the Oberoi told an Indian TV channel that they wanted all 'Mujahideen' in Indian prisons released before they released their hostages. He also indicated that there were seven terrorists holding hostages at that location. Other reports indicate that this demand was made through a hostage at the Mumbai Chabad House, in a call to the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. Experts have conflicting views as to whether Al Qaeda played a role in the attacks.
US intelligence sources are now saying that there is mounting evidence that Lashkar-e-Taiba is behind the attacks. The Times Of India reported that intelligence agencies have disclosed tell-tale evidence that the terrorist had Pakistani connections.
If Lashkar-e-Taiba is involved and if the attack primarily targeted Westerners, then the attack may have a connection to al Qaeda since this would be the first time when that group has targeted Westerners specifically. The Guardian has called speculation about al Qaeda "immediate, simplistic — and probably misleading". A St Andrews University professor quoted by The Telegraph argues that "Al-Qaeda set the blueprint for terrorist operations and now we see different people, different groups in different parts of the world, copying it." On 28 November, senior Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri released a videotaped message that did not mention the ongoing Mumbai attacks. This omission has led The Los Angeles Times to speculate that the group did not have a role.
According to some Indian news reports, Indian intelligence agencies believed that attackers came by sea to Mumbai from the Pakistani port of Karachi on the ship MV Alpha. This led the Indian Navy and coast guard to begin searching ships off India's western coast. The reports that MV Alpha was involved were later dismissed after a search of the ship by the Indian Navy found no evidence of involvement, though the investigation of the ship continues. The Times of India reported that the Indian Coast Guard seized a fishing boat from Porbandar that was reported hijacked on 14 November. It is suspected that it was used by the terrorists to get to the coast at Colaba. The captain of the boat was found dead and several crew members are missing.
A satellite phone recovered from two dead terrorists reportedly showed calls made to Karachi, Pakistan before and after the attacks commenced. Also, Major General Hooda who ran the anti-terror operations has said that "In the message intercepted by us when the terrorists were interacting between Nariman House and the Taj Hotel, we found that they spoke in Punjabi language. They were trying to pretend to be from Hyderabad". Alleged terrorists Sahadullah Babbar and Imran Babbar called Indian news channel India TV and spoke to the correspondents claiming to be from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh while speaking in Urdu with a Peshawari/Pashto accent.
According to a Times of India story, the terrorists were motivated by religious zeal and specifically released a Turkish couple who said they were Muslims. Another report by The Hindustan Times claims that over 40 of the victims of the terrorist attack were Muslims. The Mumbai Police had received information that some six or seven days ago, the terrorists had made a dry run. An organization representing Baluchis in the U.S. has said that it suspects Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim played roles in the attacks. However, many security experts doubt that current members of the ISI were involved. The Guardian has also listed Dawood Ibrahim and other organized crime figures connected to Indian terrorists as key suspects. A few Pakistani commentators have suggested that Indian domestic terrorism was behind the attacks. It quoted a security expert as saying "The latest attack on Mumbai has the stamp of Dawood Ibrahim... Definitely the people who hit Mumbai were a mixture of local guys who know the city very well, and trained, hardcore fighters who came by sea." According to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister R. R. Patil, they had plans to kill 5,000 people.
CNN quoting a U.S. counterterrorism official reports that the United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before last week's massacre in the country's financial capital left nearly 180 dead.
According to a former U.S. official from the Department of Defense who spoke with The New York Times, former ISI and Pakistani army officers took part in the training of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai.
The first event was detailed at 20:10 IST on 26 November: a boat carrying around ten terrorists with several large bags docked at Macchimar Nagar, Mumbai's Cuffe Parade neighbourhood, where six of the men disembarked and the rest continued sailing along the shore. When local residents asked about their occupation, the group responded that they were students. At 20:30 another such incident played out in Colaba, when 10 Urdu-speaking men in inflatable speedboats came ashore. They reportedly told local Marathi-speaking fishermen to mind their business before they split up and headed two different ways; the fishermen's subsequent report to police received little response. The attacks began around 21:20, when two terrorists armed with AK-47 rifles entered the passenger hall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, opened fire and threw grenades, killing at least ten people.Two terrorists held fifteen hostages, including seven foreigners, in the Taj Mahal hotel.
CNN reported at 23:00 that the hostage situation at the Taj had been resolved and quoted the police chief of Maharashtra state as saying that all hostages were freed;however, it was later learned that there were still hostages in the hotel. Forty people were being held as hostages in the Oberoi Trident hotel. Six blasts were reported to have taken place at the Taj hotel and one at the Oberoi Trident.The Taj Mahal Hotel was reported to be completely under government control at 04:22 and Indian commandos killed two gunmen inside Oberoi hotel and took control of the building.
Both hotels were on fire and were surrounded by Rapid Action Force and Army personnel.About 400 Army commandos and 300 National Security Guards (NSG) commandos and 36~100 MARCOS commandos were sent to the spot. Reports emerged of terrorists receiving live feeds broadcast by television stations; feeds to the hotels were subsequently blocked. All terrorists were out of the Taj hotel, and police and firefighters were working to rescue the estimated 50 people trapped inside. Low-intensity blasts were reported in Vile Parle and a grenade attack in Santa Cruz. Two blasts were reported in the Nepean Sea Road area of south Mumbai. Local Mumbai Suburban Railway trains on the Western Railway were running, whereas those of the Central Railway were suspended. More blasts were reported at the Oberoi as the siege continued.Meanwhile, police seized a boat filled with arms and explosives anchored at Mazgaon dock off Mumbai harbour.
A number of European Parliament Committee on International Trade delegates were staying in the Taj Mahal hotel when it was attacked, but none of them were injured. British Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim (who was in the lobby when gunmen initially opened fire there) and German Social Democrat MEP Erika Mann were hiding in different parts of the building. Also reported present was Spanish MEP Ignasi Guardans, who was barricaded in a hotel room. Another British Conservative MEP, Syed Kamall, reports that he along with several other MEPs left the hotel and went to a nearby restaurant shortly before the attack.Kamall also reported that Polish MEP Jan Masiel was thought to have been sleeping in his hotel room when the attacks occurred. He did not leave his room for a long time, but he finally managed to safely leave the hotel. Kamall and Guardans report that a Hungarian MEP's assistant was shot.
Also caught up in the shooting were the President of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, while checking in at the Oberoi Trident,and Indian MP N. N. Krishnadas of Kerala, while having dinner at a restaurant in the Taj hotel.
The New York Times reported that terrorists held several hostages at the Mumbai Chabad House (also known as Nariman House) in Colaba, owned by Chabad Lubavitch. It was reported in the early morning of 29 November that Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka Holtzberg, who was six months pregnant, were murdered with other hostages inside the house. Times Online reports about Sir Gulam Noon - MBE's experience on how he escaped the bombed Taj Mahal Hotel.
Maharashtra state home secretary Bipin Shrimali later announced that the police killed four gunmen when they attempted to flee in cars in two separate incidents, and state home minister R. R. Patil has said that nine suspects were also arrested.
The army was reported to have secured one of the hotels, and eight hostages have been freed at the Jewish outreach group. On 29 November The Times of India reported that the battle for Mumbai has ended after 60 hours of operation by Indian security forces. The final operation at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel was completed at 08:00 on 29 November. The security forces rescued 250 people in Oberoi, 300 in Taj and 12 families of 60 people in Nariman House. A total of 188 people were reported to be killed by the terrorists.
After two days of gunfire and explosions, the attack was incorrectly reported to have ceased as of the early morning of 28 November in Mumbai.The fires were out and soldiers were leading hostages and holed-up guests to safety and removing bodies of those killed in the attacks. Nariman House and the Oberoi Trident were cleared of hostages by Indian commandos. Six hostages (all Jewish) were killed at the Jewish center. Later news reports indicated that there were still two or three terrorists in the Taj, with explosions heard and gunfire exchanged. Fires were also reported as having been caused at the ground floor of the Taj with plumes of smoke arising from the first floor. Severe damage has been reported to the Taj, with a dome, and parts of the Heritage Wing of the Taj reported to have been destroyed. National Security Guards action resulted in the conclusion of the Taj encounter, with three terrorists reported killed.
Azam Amir Kasav and Abu Ismail Dera Ismail Khan, 25, attacked the railway terminus, a police vehicle in Cama Hospital, the Metro cinema, Vidhan Bhavan, and Girgaum Chowpatty. Four terrorists were in the Taj Hotel, two in the Oberoi Hotel, and two in Nariman House. Their names are: Soheb/Shoaib, 20, Chota Abdul Rahman, 21, Umar/Omar, 22, Abu Ali, 23, Fahad, or Fahadullah (24), who had one hand crippled, Bada/Bara Abdul Rahman, 25, Abu Akasha, 26, and Umair, 28
One terrorist was killed and Kasav was arrested near the pedestrian bridge at Girgaum Chowpa ttyby a team from the Gamdevi police station.
According to the chief minister of Maharashtra state, Vilasrao Deshmukh, up to 25 gunmen took part in the attacks. Reporters have estimated between 10 and 25 terrorists.They looked young, in their early twenties, and wore T-shirts, black shirts, and jeans.The Guardian has reported that they seemed "cool and composed" and "in no hurry". Some witnesses have even said that they smiled and looked happy as they shot their victims. Initially, some reports claimed that there were Britons among the terrorists. However, Indian police have stated that they have no evidence to directly confirm this and they are currently investigating the British documents that the terrorists allegedly carried. The terrorists had planned the attack several months ahead of time, setting up "control rooms" in the two luxury hotels that were targeted. They knew some areas well enough to "vanish" and reappear after security forces had left. A terrorist killed at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel had on him a Mauritian identity card along with seven different credit cards, including one issued by , which may indicate that he was not Indian.
Several sources have quoted Kasav telling the police that the group received help from local Mumbai residents. The terrorists used at least three SIM cards purchased on the Indian side of the border with Bangladesh, pointing to some local collusion. There are also reports of one SIM card purchased in New Jersey, USA. Police have also mentioned thatFaheem Ansari, an Indian Lashkar operative who has been arrested in February 2008, has scouted the Mumbai targets for the November attacks.
Blood tests on the terrorists indicate that they consumed cocaine and LSD during the attacks, to sustain their energy and stay awake for 50 hours. Police says that they found syringes on the scenes of the attacks. There were also indications that they had been consuming steroids.
Entry into India
They entered via speed boats that were on board trawlers. The trawlers left Pakistan and stopped at Porbandar before landing in Bombay. They terrorists wore strings on the wrists to pass off as local fishermen.
WE ARE HELPLESS
If any one needs peace than were he or she must go ? Today this terrorism is so much a deep troubling subject that no one has a complete hold on this. People are continuously died in each and every corner of the world without any reason of cruelty. All are helpless just asking for a help from god itself because they have no longer faith on humans security.Now every one is expecting a super hero to come and save the world from this threats. After such a moment there are many people who loose there brother, sisters, mother, fathers. Who gona fill this damage back to them. The terrorists coming to fight are coming with full preparations of going to meeting the death. But what about those poor needy and even well settled peoples whose dreams are just fading away. The thing is that we have to permanently stop this quest here after. Each and every action is taking place easily in the whole world. No one can grab a control over it. We ourselves have to join the hands and finish this things off.Compare to whole world this terrorists activities are very small..Then also due to some reasons the whole world, this much big then also has to loose their populations with no reason of cause. If people start to apply knowledge in right path then we are done with it. Now talking about mumbai's moment, Just due to this attacks all the political parties started to give their resignation because they dont have energy to handle this things.My question is if they r not able to handle the powers in right manner than why are they sitting on that sit for this much longer times. hence we also lack a political balance in our country. The politics here in this rising country like india is the biggest drawback of our country. They are just helpless sitting on the seats and enjoying the luxurious of the life. As seen the terrorist attacking the mumbai were of hardly 20-25 years of age. So this ill knowledge we apply as a part of life..as a curse to this earth.......so my humble request to the people reading this writing that just dont stop. Now its time to rise. Now its time reach for the skies. I must tell that this terrrorists camps and all this activities must be destroyed at all. We also must dont have any mercy on this peoples. Their activities are very fast in comparision to our security provided by government because each and everything in this country is not going according to government in the field of security and other things. All is really slow and steady. So we also need change in this system also.. I must say that if some political leader is killed than its ok its no big thing but We cannot afford to loose the struggling commandoes and other non-fearing officers who are really dedicated to this world for security of our nation again and again in this way.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE NSG COMMANDOES
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