On the night of 26 November 2008, news channels began flashing reports of shots being fired at Mumbai's upscale Taj Palace hotel in Colaba. As horrified Indians huddled around screens to watch visuals of police teams reaching the hotel, they saw reports of shootings at the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station and Oberoi-Trident hotel in Nariman point.
A few hours later, it had become clear that these attacks weren't isolated—they were all connected and, as we learnt later, well-planned. The terrorists targeted The Taj Hotel, CST, Oberoi Trident, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House and Cama Hospital. Explosions also took place at the Mazagon dock and a taxi in Vile Parle.
While the situation at most of the targets was neutralised soon, security forces fought for three straight days to clear out the Taj Palace Hotel, where guests and staff were either held hostage or trapped by gunfire.
In all, around 166 people died in the attack.
A photo of Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman who was caught alive, at CST became one of the most unforgettable images of the attack.
Here are 25 photos that show how terrifying those days were:
What began as news of one shooting soon turned into a three-day nightmare
Gunmen held several people hostage during a three-day siege at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Arko Datta / Reuters
As security forces arrived, people tried to escape
Guests use curtains to escape from the Taj Mahal Palace hotel during the siege. AFP via Getty Images
The events played out live on 24/7 news channels
Journalists covering the attacks lie on the ground outside the Taj hotel. India Today Group via Getty Images
The siege left the iconic Taj hotel burning
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