LIVE: 8 years after 26/11 Mumbai attacks, India remembers our heroes

26/11 Mumbai terror attackMumbai: **FILE** Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel's "Operation Cyclone" following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley deposed on Monday at a Mumbai court through a video link.

On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people killing 166, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others, besides damaging property worth crores.

The then ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Army Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Mumbai’s Additional Police Commissioner Ashok Kamte and Senior Police Inspector Vijay Salaskar were among those killed in the attack.

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The attack had begun on 26 November and lasted until 29 November. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community centre were some of the places targeted by the terrorists. Ajmal Kasab was the only terrorist who was captured alive. He was hanged on November 21, 2012 four years after the attacks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the martyrs and victims of 26/11 Mumbai attacks in Hyderabad. According to reports, the prime minister is in Hyderabad to attend a security summit along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid tribute to the martyrs and victims of Mumbai attacks who died fighting the ten terrrorists this day eight years ago. “I pay homage to the brave policemen who fought for Mumbai’s safety and laid down their lives for us on 26/11. We are proud of them and we will strive hard for safety and security of our state,” Fadnavis said. “We will strengthen police force with better equipment. It is our priority,” he said.

In a series of tweets, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said 26 November was a reminder of “cowardice”. Singh,early on Satuday took to Twitter and said, “”One of those mornings when you wake up with a heavy heart.Can’t help but think of all those who lost their lives in the Mumbai attacks. For those whose lives were altered forever due to the loss of a loved one.”

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray pays homage at the memorial of Shaheed Tukaram Omble who lost his life in 26/11 attack.

Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT) an NGO, in association with the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), is organising an event, “Unity in diversity—together we remember 26/11”, at NCPA’s Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on Saturday, The Times of India reports.

Formed after the 26/11 terror attacks, PCGT has been in the forefront of the fight to get CCTV cameras installed at public places in Mumbai.

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