Mumbai, Nov 26 IBNS | 2 years ago

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday paid his tribute to the martyrs of 26/11, on the fifth anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Chavan attended a memorial service organized by the Mumbai Police at the Gymkhana ground here in the morning.

Top Maharashtra police officers were present at the memorial service.

Private memorials were also held at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Trident hotel, which were attacked on November 26, 2008.

The 2008 Mumbai attacks were twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, later confessed upon interrogation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Kasab was hanged on Nov 21, 2012 at Yerwada Jail in Pune.

The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, Nov 26 and lasted until Saturday, Nov 29, 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.

Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai - at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children's hospital), the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College.

There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle.

(Posted on 26-11-2013)