India marks 11th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, top political leaders pay tribute to victims


NEW DELHI: India marks 11th anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people killed and over 300 people injured as 10 heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem in Mumbai that lasted three days.

India’s financial capital came to a standstill on this day when terrorist came to Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan and carried out a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across the city.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Tower, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Cama Hospitals, Nariman House business and residential complex, Leopold Café and the Oberoi Trident hotel were targetted in the attack that made headlines across the world.
As India remembers the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks, various events will be organised across the nation, especially in Mumbai to pay tribute, who lost their lives in the deadly attack.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other top political leaders and political parties paid tribute to the victims through the micro-blogging site ‘Twitter’.
President Ram Nath Kovind remembered the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its eleventh anniversary and said that the nation is committed to defeating all forms of terrorism.
"On the 11th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, we remember everyone who lost their lives and mourn with their families. A grateful nation salutes the security personnel who made the supreme sacrifice. We remain firm in our resolve to defeat all forms of terrorism," he tweeted.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tributes to the victims who lost their lives in the barbaric 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
"My heartfelt tributes to those who lost their lives in 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack. I salute the courage of all security forces who fought fearlessly against the terrorists that day. We also salute the fortitude of the victims' families as they have been an inspiration for us," Singh tweeted.
“On the 11th anniversary of Mumbai Attack, let us take a pledge that these sacrifices will not go in vain. Let us collectively ensure that 26/11 is never repeated in future. Terrorism is a crime against humanity and it will be defeated with firm conviction & collective will power”, he added.
"I shall be visiting Mumbai to attend a programme organised at the Gateway of India and listen to the 'Stories of Strength' of some of the survivors of Mumbai Terror attack," he said in a follow-up tweet.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also paid tribute to victims of 26/11 terror attacks on the 11th anniversary.
The duo remembered the sacrifice of the victims, paid floral tributes and homage at the 26/11 police memorial site at Mumbai Police Gymkhana in south Mumbai.
"I pay homage to the brave policemen who fought for Mumbai's safety and laid down their lives for us on 26/11. We are proud of them and we will strive hard for the safety and security of our state," Fadnavis said.
Mumbai had come to a standstill on this day 11 years ago when 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who came to Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan
On November 26, 2008, 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel. Meanwhile, 300 others suffered injuries in the attacks, besides damaging property worth crores.
The then Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai's Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte, Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Tukaram Omble were among those killed in the attack.
Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012. The attacks had begun on November 26 and lasted till November 29.


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