November 30, 2008 / 10:25 AM / 10 years ago

TIMELINE-Attack on Mumbai

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Mumbai on Sunday cleaned up the streets where Islamist gunmen rampaged and killed nearly 200 people over three days, while Indian anger over the attack’s alleged Pakistani links threatened the nuclear rivals’ ties.



Following is a timeline of the attacks on Mumbai:

* WEDNESDAY:

— Islamist gunmen attack Mumbai in at least seven places shortly after 10.30 p.m. The group of militants armed with automatic rifles and grenades attack targets including luxury hotels — the Taj Mahal and the Trident Oberoi — hospitals, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and the popular Leopold cafe.

— Gunmen remain holed up in the hotels and at Chabad House, a popular stop for Israeli visitors. Many are reported killed and the army begins moving into the Trident Oberoi hotel.

— Police say at least some of the attackers came ashore in a rubber dinghy.

— The chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in Mumbai is killed in the attack.

* THURSDAY:

— Commandos fight room-to-room battles in the two hotels to rescue people trapped by the gunmen. Explosions rattle the Taj Mahal hotel where some hostages are rescued.

— Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blames militant groups based in India’s neighbours, usually meaning Pakistan.

— Pakistan condemns the attacks and promises full cooperation in fighting terrorism.

* FRIDAY:

— India points a finger at Pakistani-linked "elements" for the attacks in Mumbai.

— At the Trident Oberoi Hotel, commandos kill two militants and free 143 guests.

— Lone gunmen continue to hold out at the nearby Taj Mahal hotel.

— Five hostages inside the besieged Jewish centre are found dead.

— Pakistan says the two countries face a common enemy.

* SATURDAY:

— Elite Black Cat commandos kill the last four of the gunmen after days of room-to-room battling inside the Taj Mahal hotel.

— India’s Home Ministry says the official toll in Mumbai was 183 killed. At least 22 of those killed were foreigners, including businessmen and tourists. There were three Germans, three Israelis, one American, one Australian, a Briton, two Canadians, an Italian, a Japanese, a Singaporean, a Mauritian, a Thai and a Chinese national. Five were unidentified, they said.

— Nine gunmen and 20 police and soldiers are also killed. The tenth militant is caught alive.






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