December 4, 2022


Here is a look at the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, which took place on November 26-29, 2008.

Ten Pakistani men from the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terrorist group stormed buildings in Mumbai, killing 164 people. Nine of the gunmen were killed in the attacks and one survived. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman, was executed in November 2012.

They traveled to Mumbai by boat from Karachi, Pakistan. On the way, they hijacked a fishing trawler and killed the five crew members.

The terrorists landed on 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 Station:
November 26, 2008 – About 58 people are killed during a 90-minute attack.
As the gunmen exited the station, they fired into a crowd gathered around a police barricade. Outside the station, ten more people are killed.

Cafe Leopold:
November 26, 2008 – About 10 people are killed in an attack that lasts 10-15 minutes.

Cama and Albless Hospital:
November 26, 2008 – Outside the hospital, gunmen ambushed a group of police officers, killing six of them.

Nariman House:
26-28 November 2008 – Seven people are killed in a three-day siege of a Jewish community center.

Oberoi Trident Hotel:
November 26-28, 2008 – About 30 people are killed in a three-day siege.

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel:
November 26-29, 2008 – About 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 locations for the Mumbai attack.

October 18, 2009 – Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana was arrested in Chicago. He is accused of facilitating the 2008 attacks by helping Headley obtain a fake visa to enter Pakistan.

November 25, 2009 – Seven men have been charged in Pakistan in connection with the attacks, including alleged mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

March 18, 2010 – Headley pleads guilty. On January 24, 2013, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison. On December 10, 2020, he received a pardon from a Mumbai court in exchange for detailed testimony about Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the attacks.

May 3, 2010 – Kasab is convicted of murder, conspiracy and warfare against India. He will be executed on November 21, 2012.

June 9, 2011 – Rana found not guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to Mumbai attackers. He is found guilty of two other charges, including providing material assistance to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

March 13, 2015 – The Islamabad Supreme Court in Pakistan orders Lakhvi’s release and says his detention is illegal. He will be released on bail on April 10.

January 29, 2017 – Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the leader of a group linked to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, is placed under house arrest in Pakistan over his alleged role in the Mumbai attacks. On November 24, 2017, the Lahore High Court released Saeed from house arrest for lack of evidence.

July 17, 2019 – Saeed is arrested by Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Branch on charges of terrorist financing unrelated to the Mumbai attacks. On February 12, 2020, he was found guilty of terrorism financing and sentenced to two terms of imprisonment of five and a half years each, with concurrent imprisonment.

January 2, 2021 – Lakhvi is arrested in Pakistan on charges of financing terrorist attacks by Lashkar-e-Taiba, not on a specific event. Six days later, he was sentenced to three consecutive five-year terms.