The staccato burst of gunfire at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai at 21:21 hrs last night hardly gave an inkling of the shape of things to come up in the next two to three hours.
Giving a blow-by-blow account of the terror strikes, Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry M L Kumawat on Thursday said the next firing occurred at Leopold Cafe at 21:48 hrs, followed by a similar incident at Hotel Oberoi at 21:57 hrs.
The terrorists then struck Hotel Taj at 22:03, Colaba at 22:25 hrs, Times of India at 22:50 hrs, Bombay Municipal Corporation at 22:51 hrs and Memosis Building at 22:54 hrs, he said.
Kumawat said the terrorists attacked Cama Hospital at 22:59 hrs, GT Hospital at 23:19 hrs and Head Office Gate No. 6 at 00:07 hrs. They then struck State Bank of India at 00:29 hrs and Vidhan Bhavan at 00:32 hrs.
The grenade attacks were carried out at Mazgaon, Bombay Port Trust colony, Hotel Oberoi, Colaba market, Panchpayari, Cama Hospital, Nehru Road, N B Highway and Free Press Road, he said.
Security men near the CST railway station challenged the terrorists. One terrorist was killed and another nabbed near the metro junction.
"Five other terrorists were killed - two each at Taj Hotel and Chowpatty and one at Nariman House," he added.