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26/11 terrorist attack marks its 13th anniversary; here’s an account to all you need to know

On Friday, floral tributes were offered to the martyrs who gave their lives combating terrorists in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. At the memorial in police headquarters in south Mumbai, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and state Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil paid their condolences.

Home Minister Amit Shah, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Indian celebrities such as Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, and others expressed their heartfelt tributes to the 26/11 attack martyrs.

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, which were carried out by ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in the country’s financial hub on November 26, 2008. The terrorists attacked the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Hotel Trident, Nariman House, Leopold Cafe, and Cama Hospital, among other places in the city.

Nine terrorists were killed down by the National Security Guard (NSG) and Mumbai Police, killing a total of 166 persons, including security personnel. The lone terrorist arrested alive, Ajmal Kasab, was found guilty and sentenced to death. Kasab was executed on November 21, 2012, five days before the fourth anniversary of the four-day 26/11 attacks.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, only a small number of individuals visited the anniversary of the horrific terror assault. At the memorial, the family members of several of the fallen cops also paid their respects.

During the ceremony, dignitaries met with the families of some of the martyrs. During the 60-hour siege in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, ten Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists from Pakistan arrived by ship and began fire, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and wounded several others.

13 years and Pakistan still lacking to deliver justice

The Mumbai assaults of November 2008, popularly known as the 26/11 attacks, received broad global outrage on a scale never seen before, prompting the central government to step up its counter-terrorism efforts and re-examine numerous areas of its already strained ties with Pakistan.

The only surviving assailant, Ajmal Kasab, was eventually apprehended by security forces and revealed that the attack was planned, coordinated, and carried out by the LeT and other Pakistan-based terror units. Kasab was quoted in statements obtained by the country’s intelligence agencies as indicating that all of the attackers were from Pakistan and that their handlers were also from Pakistan. Even on the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, Pakistan has yet to show sincerity in bringing justice to the families of the victims, despite its own public acknowledgement and the availability of all relevant evidence, including that supplied by India.

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