Something really bad happened on November 26, 2008 in Mumbai, India. Something no one ever imagined would happen just like when 9/11 happened and the airplanes struck the Twin Towers in New York City. Now the attacks in Mumbai are called 26/11.
Mumbai used to be called Bombay. It is the sixth largest city of the world and the richest city in India and in most of Asia.
The day of November 26 terrorists started attacking different places in the city. A famous luxury hotel, The Taj Mahal hotel, where many foreign visitors stay was attacked. Men started shooting people without paying any attention to who people might be or where they were from. The men took hostages, too. For the hostages, the men asked people if they were British or American.
Men carrying bags full of hand grenades and explosives shot people, whoever they saw, in places all across the city. People were killed on the roads, at the airports, at the railway station, hospitals and two famous and beautiful hotels.
The two hotels were The Taj Mahal Hotel and the Oberoi Trident. An apartment building where mostly Jewish people lived was also attacked. The buildings were set on fire with explosives.
Suicide bombers exploded the bombs they held at the time of the day when the city was most crowded with people at hotel, restaurants and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station. Ten different places were targeted by the terrorists.
Somehow the terrorists were able to enter the city with all their weapons in rubber boats or dinghies. Mumbai is an area of seven islands. It used to be a fishing community.
The India Today newspaper claimed that the terrorist’s attacks were done to stop peace plans and blamed the attacks on Pakistan.
At least 151 people died on that day and 300 people or more were injured. Of the 151 deaths about 100 were Indians. The rest came from 10 different countries.
There are photos on the Internet showing people trying to get out of the hotel because of the fire, the place where one of the bombs went off and from all the areas where the terrorists were attacking. Some of the photos aren’t showing until clicked with the mouse because the photos show graphic images of what happened that day.
The photos show more than words can say how terrible that day was. Whatever caused the attacks should be found and fixed.
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