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    On 26 November 2008, a group of 10 heavily armed terrorists from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba descended on India’s financial capital. They targeted several sites in the city, killing at least 174 people, including 20 security personnel and 26 foreign nationals. While 9 of the terrorists were gunned down, one was captured alive.

    On the 12th anniversary of the gruesome 2008 Mumbai Terror Attack, Indians recall the resilience of the city which bounced back immediately after.

    “....what is more memorable, is the way Mumbai as a diverse people [sic] came together, casting aside all differences, to vanquish the terrorism and destruction on that day”, recalled Ratan Tata, former chairman of the Tata Group and the face of the salt-to-software business conglomerate, in a tweet. The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the worst-hit in the terror attacks, is owned by the Tata Group. 

    ​India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a tweet paid tribute to the martyrs of the Mumbai terror attack.

    ​Several federal ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, Railway and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Bollywood actors, and sportsmen have joined everyday people in recalling the bravery of the security personnel who, while facing bullets, saved the city from a catastrophe.

    ​12 years since the sad day. He is of the greatest son of our soil- Shaheed Tukaram Omble. The courage, the presence of mind and the selflessness demonstrated by him on that day- no words, no awards can do justice. Garv hai bahut aise mahaan insaan par 🙏🏼 #MumbaiTerrorAttack pic.twitter.com/zb8cI8xchA

    ​The incident has also left deep scars in the minds of those who witnessed the incident from close quarters.

    “The incident still brings bone-chilling memories. We were part of a Parliamentary Panel on a visit to Mumbai and staying at Taj Hotel. While we were having dinner at one of restaurants there, gun shots were heard and there was commotion all around. Since a few parliamentarians were part of our team, we were immediately huddled out to safety”, recalled K.P. Muraleedharan, then a staffer in the Indian parliament.

    Meanwhile, the Indian-American community held a protest in front of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, 25 November, on the eve of the anniversary of the Mumbai Terror Attack. Trucks with billboards reading “We Demand Justice” were also seen outside Pakistan's Embassy in Washington, reported national wire agency ANI.

    ​The attack conducted by 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which began at around 2130 IST on 26 November, continued at three locations where hostages were taken – a Jewish outreach centre at Nariman House, as well as the luxury hotels Oberoi Trident and Taj Mahal Palace.

    9 of the 10 terrorists were eliminated. The surviving attacker, Ajmal Kasab, was captured on 27 November. He was put on trial and sentenced to death on 6 May 2010, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011.

    The Supreme Court of India, where Kasab moved an application, also upheld the death sentence on 29 August 2012. After the president of India also rejected his mercy petition on 5 November, 2012, Kasab was hanged to death in Yerawada Jail in Pune city, Maharashtra state, on 21 November 2012.

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