Mumbai Terror Attacks Fast Facts
Here’s a look at the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, which took place November 26-29, 2008.
Ten Pakistani men associated with the terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba stormed buildings in Mumbai, killing 164 people. Nine of the gunmen were killed during the attacks, one survived. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, was executed in November 2012.
They traveled from Karachi, Pakistan, to Mumbai via boat. Along the way, they hijacked a fishing trawler and killed the five crew members.
The terrorists docked at the Mumbai waterfront near the Gateway of India monument. They hijacked cars, including a police van, and split into at least three groups to carry out the attacks, according to police. The attackers used automatic weapons and grenades.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station:
November 26, 2008 – Approximately 58 people are killed during a 90-minute attack.
As the gunmen leave the train station, they fire into a crowd gathered around a police barricade. Ten additional people are killed outside the station.
November 26, 2008 – Approximately 10 people are killed in an attack which lasts 10-15 minutes.
Cama and Albless Hospital:
November 26, 2008 – Outside the hospital, gunmen ambush a group of police officers and kill six of them.
November 26-28, 2008 – Seven people are killed in a three-day siege at a Jewish community center.
November 26-28, 2008 – Approximately 30 people are killed in a three-day siege.
Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel:
November 26-29, 2008 – Approximately 31 people are killed in the four-day siege.
February 25, 2009 – Kasab, the lone surviving gunman, is formally charged.
October 3, 2009 – US citizen David Coleman Headley (aka Daood Gilani) is arrested in Chicago. He is accused of scouting out locations to target in the Mumbai attack.
October 18, 2009 – Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana is arrested in Chicago. He is accused of facilitating the 2008 attacks by helping Headley obtain a fake visa to travel to Pakistan.
November 25, 2009 – Seven men are charged in Pakistan in connection with the attacks, including the alleged mastermind, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
March 18, 2010 – Headley pleads guilty. On January 24, 2013, he is sentenced to 35 years in prison. On December 10, 2020, he receives a pardon by a Mumbai court, in exchange for detailed testimony regarding Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the attacks.
May 3, 2010 – Kasab is convicted of murder, conspiracy and waging war on India. On November 21, 2012, he is executed.
June 9, 2011 – Rana is found not guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai attackers. He is found guilty of two other charges, including providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.
March 13, 2015 – The Islamabad High Court in Pakistan orders the release of Lakhvi, calling his detention illegal. He is released on bail on April 10.
January 29, 2017 – Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the leader of a group associated with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, is placed under house arrest in Pakistan for his suspected role in the Mumbai attacks. On November 24, 2017, the Lahore High Court frees Saeed from house arrest citing a lack of evidence.
July 17, 2019 – Saeed is arrested by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department on terror financing charges unrelated to the Mumbai attacks. On February 12, 2020, he is convicted of terror financing charges and sentenced to two prison terms of five and half years, to run concurrently.
January 2, 2021 – Lakhvi is arrested in Pakistan on charges related to financing terrorists attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba, not to a specific event. Six days later he is sentenced to three concurrent five-year sentences.