The timeline of the attacks showed meticulous planning on the part of the terrorists. At 9.41 pm Hafiz Arshad and Abu Umer stormed Leopold Cafe. At 9.45 pm Ajmal Kasab and Ismail Khan opened fire at CST. At 9.50 pm Abu Shoaib and Javed launched a deadly attack on The Taj Mahal Hotel. They were later joined by Hafiz and Abu Umer who arrived from Leopold. Around 10.15 pm two more terrorists, Abdul Rehman Chota and Fahadullah opened fire inside the Tiffin and Kandahar restaurants of the Oberoi. At 10.25 pm Babar Imran and Nasir entered Nariman House and went on a killing spree.
After the massacre at CST, Kasab and Ismail Khan stormed the nearby Cama hospital, killing four people, including a subinspector and two constables before leaving. They hijacked a car and were heading for Girgaum chowpatty when they were challenged and engaged in a gunbattle with the police. Kasab was caught alive.
Mumbai was at war, and it rose to the challenge. The crisis had united the people. Fault lines blurred almost instantly. The humble pedestrian as well as the uber rich were linked to a common cause: to save the city. The otherwise self-centred Mumbaikars showed how much they really cared.
Image: The body of a terrorist attack victim is brought in an ambulance to the St. Georges Hospital in Mumbai, November 26, 2008. Photograph copyright Associated Press. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.