A chronology of 26/11 attacks and aftermath













Why India failed on 26/11

Why India failed on 26/11

  • Noose loosening on 26/11 plotters

    Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

    The seven members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) undergoing trial in Pakistan for the Mumbai attacks may be let off on technical grounds, says an expert.

  • LeT, 26/11 villain is alive and kicking

    Harinder Baweja, Hindustan Times

    The LeT wanted a 'spectacular' attack which the world had never seen, to keep their cadres inspired. Ten men declared war on India and held the country's finance capital under seige.

  • Wanted: alert citizens for safe India

    V Balachandran, Hindustan Times

    Each year as we approach the anniversary of the country's most audacious terror attack, the question arises whether Mumbai is safe from such terror attacks now.

  • CSI Mumbai: How the Americans helped crack the Lashkar code

    Shishir Gupta and Pramit Pal Chaudhuri

    Four days after the terror assault on Mumbai was over, an unmarked C-130 Hercules landed in Santa Cruz airport. Its cargo: a combined FBI and CIA team of a dozen forensic experts from the United States. India and US sources helped piece together how the US and India joined forces to carry out the ultimate crime
    scene investigation.

  • 'Cops must avoid fake encounters, wrong rounding up of suspects'

    Hormis Tharakan, Former chief of RAW

    A former top cop once told me whenever terrorists are asked why they turned to terror, they give three reasons: the Babri Masjid demolition, the post-Godhra riots, and faked encounters. It is beyond the police to correct the first two factors. But they can do a lot to avoid fake encounters and the indiscriminate rounding up of suspects.

  • The rot of corruption runs deep and all around in Mumbai

    Kiran Nagarkar

    The only time Mumbaikars raised their voice against the all-pervasive corruption in their city was after 26/11 but that was no victory. While those few days are etched in our memories, if you asked what is the take-away from those traumatic events, one would be forced to confess that it's doubtful if Mumbai is a safer place
    than before.

How Mumbai was
lost and won

A multimedia gallery of the 'chaos, destruction, combat and aftermath' of the terror attacks. Please click on the arrows on the left and right to explore videos

Foiling another 26/11

Foiling another 26/11

Op Black Tornado: The NSG

Saikat Datta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

It was the National Security Guard (NSG) that was responsible for clearing all buildings during the Mumbai 2008 attacks. Five years later, a hastily drawn up plan to expand the NSG and creating hubs has ensured a dramatic fall in quality. Training has been affected, while key requirements such as better weapons and dedicated air-lift capabilities are still pending. Five The NSG's capabilities to tackle another 26/11 are no better or worse.

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The unsolved mysteries of 26/11

Smruti Koppikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai

Within 40 minutes of the first shot that was fired in Cafe Leopold that night, what seemed like a gang war had escalated to a bomb attack and minutes later to a full-blown fidayeen strike of the kind that India had not witnessed before. In the aftermath, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was set up, security protocols updated, coastal security beefed, city police teams trained

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Talking about terror

Senior Hindustan Times journalist Harinder Baweja and former bureaucrat V Balachandran suggest what India can do to
prevent another 26/11.

Their 26/11 Story

Their 26/11 Story

Couple's death spurs family to fight for security

Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times Mumbai

Time stands still at the sprawling sea-facing apartment of the Parekhs, located in a tony neighbourhood along Mumbai's iconic Marine Drive. The flickering flames of three oil lamps, burning in front of a garlanded photograph, add to the sombre mood in the sitting room. The photograph is of businessman Sunil Parekh and his wife Reshma, who were shot dead at the Tiffin restaurant in Oberoi.

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  • Ghosts of 26/11 continue to haunt Thane's Jews

    Mugdha Variyar/Manoj R Nair,
    Hindustan Times, Mumbai

    Shaar Hashamain means the Gate of Heaven; for believers, it is the closest one can be with their god. But the sandbag bunker outside the Shaar Hashamain synagogue is not exactly a symbol of peace and harmony. In fact, it is an indicator that 26/11 was a break-point in the lives of the city's Jewish population.



  • 26/11 saviours who were armed with scissors, scalpels

    HT correspondent,
    Hindustan Times, Mumbai

    Every year on November 26, Dr Sanjay Chatterjee, a surgeon working with Bombay Hospital, receives a message on his mobile phone from a patient, thanking him for his "second birth". Patients thanking doctors for their wellbeing is common, but Chatterjee's patient is different.



  • 'I do not remember how many people I rescued'

    Mugdha Variyar/Manoj R Nair,
    Hindustan Times, Mumbai

    It is so difficult to believe that five years have passed since the night Mumbai was attacked. The staccato bursts of gunfire, the sight of Taj hotel in flames, the cries of panic-stricken people... the nightmare simply refuses to fade from memory in a hurry, recalls Mumbai fireman Sudhir G. Amin