Bharat Tamore, assistant supervisor at the Taj, was getting ready for his night shift that started at 10:00 PM. At around 9:15 PM, following his routine, he left home and walked towards the jetty & sea. There, something unusual caught his eye. A small inflatable raft (a Gemini) not usually seen where only fishermen boats are the norm.
Bharat saw 8 young men ("They were young boys really, wearing jeans and T-shirts" - later stated by British hotel guest), stepping out of the raft, two at a time. They jumped into the water and picked up a haversack. They bent down again, and came up carrying 2 more haversacks, one in each hand. The backs looked very heavy.
They were in their 20's, fair-skinned and tall, wearing jeans & jackets. Bharat asked them what they were doing there? They answered "student hai".
2 of them got back into the raft, started the motor & took off. The other 8 "melted into the darkness"
Bharat Tamore went on to work at the Taj Hotel. He signed in, changed into his uniform, and began hearing gunshots. When he stepped out he saw staff running and guests being led out of the building. Then he realized that the shooters were the same "youngsters" he had seen less than 15 minutes ago at Machchimar Nagar. It was not until 4:00 AM that Tamore was finally able to get to the police to tell his story.
"Ajmal" the Terrorist tells his Story
Terrorists were carrying Mauritian identity cards, and about $1200.
Terrorists believed they were to escape and NOT on a suicide mission.
One terrorist captured: "Ajmal" (21 years old) said the group had planned to sail out on Thursday & their recruiters had even charted out the return route for them and stored it on the GPS they had used to get to Mumbai.
"Ajmal" gave the names of his fellow jihadists (10 in total) ... all Pakistani Citizens. They were trained in marine warfare along with the special course "Daura-e-Shifa" conducted by the Lashkar-e-Taiba which means they were trained for a specialized raid by commandos.
"Ajmal" said his group of terrorists left on Nov 21st from an isolated creek near Karachi. They received their cargo of arms & ammunition on board a Pakistani vessel (crew + 4 additional Pakistanis aboard). One day later, they came across the Indian owned trawler "Kuber" which they proceeded to hijack. They killed the 4 fishermen, but forced its Captain (Amarjit Singh) to take them to India. Amarjit was killed the next day and one of the terrorists (Ismail) took the wheel.
Ismail was a trained sailor and used the GPS to reach the Mumbai Coast on Nov. 26th ... they slowed down and waited for nightfall.
Note: "Ajmal" is also being referred to as "Azam Amir Kasab".
Kasab is a native of Faridkot in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The Story Continued by Mumbai City Crime Branch
"After landing at Fish Market at Cuffe Parade near Colaba, the terrorists formed 4 groups and hired taxis to reach their destinations.
A Group of 2 terrorists entered Hotel Oberoi
A Group of 4 terrorists entered the Hotel Taj Mahal
A Group of 2 terrorists entered Nariman House
The rest, (2 terrorists) entered the CST railway station from its mail trains' gate.
The Hostage Drama began at around 9:30 PM. The terrorists "Kasab" & "Ismail Khan" started random firing at CST railway station while the 3 other teams had begun firing at Oberoi, Taj, & Nariman House.
The terrorist wanted to launch an attack that would have international repercussions.
The terrorists were all trained as one group in a terror camp. So far the police have recovered 10 AK-56 rifles, 10 9mm pistols, 2 explosive devices of 8 Kg each. 10 fake ID cards for various Indian colleges, and huge quantities of dates, almonds and raisins.
"Ajmal" spoke fluent English
While the other terrorists were killing hostages at the Taj; "Ajmal" (Kasab) & Ismail started firing assault rifles at Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station at "about" 10:20 PM.
The terrorists killed their victims early tricking Indian security forces into believing they were still holding hostages.
Blood & urine samples showed the influence of drugs to keep him alert.
One source in ATS privy to the results of the interrogation says that Kasab says that a total of 16 terrorists came to Mumbai on Wednesday. Kasab says they ahd done a recon of Mumbai a few months ago and that he, Kasab, had come with 8 of the terrorists as students and had lived in a rented room at Colaba market; "a stone's throw" from Nariman House.
Scattered, Multiple Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai (Bombay), India. The entire City is Under Siege.
Focus of Most of the Battles & Attacks
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The terrorists came by boats and struck at 10 places. The terrorist attacks began between 9 PM & 9:15 PM (9:20 PM has also been given) according to CM Visasrao Deshmukh (Maharashtra Chief Minister) . Around 200 National Security Guard (NSG) commandos and 65 Army commandos had been dispatched from Delhi to flush out the terrorists.The Navy Commandos were also asked to assist the police.
The firing and bombing started close to the Gateway of India and moved on towards the CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station). The Taj Hotel sits opposite the Gateway of India (a monument n the edge of the Arabian Sea through which the last colonial British troops left after Indian Independence in 1947). The Taj Hotel (built in 1903) is considered Mumbai's best Hotel and a model of cosmopolitan sophistication.
The attacks occurred at the busiest places. besides hotels and hospitals, terrorists struck at railway stations, Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport. Several of these places are within a one mile radius of the office of the Commissioner of Police.
Landmark buildings in the Colaba-Nariman Point area ... including the Taj Hotel, the Trident Oberoi Hotel and other tourist attractions & pubs such as Leopold's. The top floor of the Oberoi was on fire and blood stained bodies were brought out of the Taj Lobby. The terrorists also took over parts of the Taj & the G.T. Hospital. They took hostages at various locations.
The explosion on the Western Express Highway, near Centaur Hotel outside the airport, came from a taxicab.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Hotel Taj Mahal - Apollo Bunder 72º E 49' 48" / 18º N 55' 13"
Hotel Taj Mahal / Opposite Gateway of India 72º E 50' 02" / 18 N 55' 21"
Colaba 72º E 48' 55" / 18º N 54' 03"
Trident Hotel - Nariman Point 72º E 49' 25" / 18º N 55' 34"
Mumbai 72º E 51' 42" / 19º N 01' 04"
Cuffe Parade 72º E 49' 14" / 18º N 54' 52"
Oberoi 72º E 49' 14" / 18º N 55' 30"
At least 18 foreigners: 3 Germans, 6 Americans, 1 Australian, 1 Canadian, 1 Italian and 1 Japanese; as well as Israelis, & nationals from Singapore, Thailand, China & Great Britain ... are among the 195 said to be killed.
300 more are said to be wounded
The Terrorists would ask if a captive were a Westerner or not. They were looking for British & Americans specifically... & Jewish people.
Mumbai is India's Financial Capitol.
All roads currently lead back to Pakistan
SAT Phone found on board the Kuber. SAT phone said to contain a dozen international numbers
B O A T S
A Satellite phone & global positioning system (GPS) map was recovered from the trawler "Kuber" found abandoned and drifting 5-6 nautical miles off the Mumbai shore with its entire crew missing... except for Amar Narayan (38) whose body was found on board with his limbs tied, blindfolded, and his neck slit open.
The Kuber is believed to the boat used to launch the inflatable Gemini Dinghies that carried the terrorists from a Karachi Port to the Seafront at Colaba.
The Kuber had last set out from Porbander, 310 nautical miles from Mumbai on November 13th. It had a 5 member crew and was owned by one Vinod Masani. It is believed to have been hijacked near the maritime boundary
3 Speedboats met the Kuber 1½ miles from the Mumbai seafront on Wednesday. When it got dark, they then transferred to 2 inflatable dinghies.
About 8 terrorists came in from the sea off Badhwar park in Colaba in Gemini Craft inflatable boats with a 20 HP engine around 9 PM Wednesday. One fisherman stopped them and they said "humko tension hai" and pointed their weapons.
The same fisherman and/or other fishermen also reported seeing 10-12 men split into two groups. While one group went towards the CST, the others went towards Colaba.
Meanwhile, a merchant vessel MV Alpha, was suspected to have carried the terrorists was intercepted on the high sees by Navy & Coast Guard warships on Thursday evening. MV Alpha is a Vietnamese registered ship which came to Mumbai from Saudi Arabia on November 19 and left Wednesday night. it is believed to have transported the terrorists from Gujarat to Mumbai.
One of the Gemini Inflatables used by the Terrorists
As of 11-29-2008, 195 are reported dead & 300 wounded.
The terrorists were in constant contact with their controllers in a foreign country during the attack.
Many victims were bound before being executed.
The Indian Police & Soldiers who bravely fought to contain the violence and succeeded after 60 hours of fighting have lost 20 men (count so far)
Questions are being asked regarding reports and rumours that some "militants" had either checked into the Taj Hotel several days or weeks before the attacks; and, that others ... may have rented an apartment in Mumbai a few months before ... pretending to be "students".
The terrorists communicated with each other using Blackberries.
The goal was to reduce the symbols of Mumbai economic strength to "rubble"; specifically the Taj and Trident, so they could not be rebuilt. Blowing up the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel was the most important.
Their targets included cafés and other locales frequented by executives and tourists. Also, the attacks were intended to kill 5,000 people.
10 terrorists held a city of 18 million for 3 days.
9 terrorists killed, one captured.
(according to a Defense Ministry official)
"Ajmal", did tell his interrogators that he and his group of terrorists wanted to be remembered for an Indian Version of New York City's September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
" A WARNING "
As recently as September, 2008; India's Foreign Intelligence Agency received information that Pakistani based terrorists were plotting attacks ... including a sea attack ... against Mumbai targets. A boat had been provided to the Taj Hotel for additiional security checks ... and the Taj had even moved its parking lot to a nearby location. BUT: one month later, since no attack had occurrred, the additional security had been withdrawn.
that info was related to domestic security officials ... on condition of anonymity... as the person was not authorized to talk publicly about the details.
Earlier this year (2008) the Indian Mujahideen (with links to Lashkar-e-Taiba) sent an e-mail to Indian police warning it was planning an attack in Mumbai.
This message was as follows:
"We are keeping a close eye on you and just waiting for the right time to execute your bloodshed...Let the Indian Mujahadeen warn all the people of Mumbai...You are already on our hit list and this time very, very seriously"
However; Deputy Chief Minister R. R. Patil, maintains there was no specific warning from any of the central agencies of an attack on either the Taj or the Oberoi.
MONEY ...WHO PAID FOR ALL THIS?
Lashkar-e-Taiba (The Army of the Righteous) is a Kashmiri Islamic terrorist group with strong links to Al Qaeda.
Through intercepted telephone & radio communiqués both before and during the Mumbai attacks; it is determined that at least one of the Mumbai terrorists is part of a Lashkar Network.
BUT: This group raises cash through British Mosques... AND according to the U.K. 's "Daily Mail" the funding came from, or through, Britain herself.
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MUMBAI IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING ITS OWN 911
TO THE RIGHT IS AN EVENT DIAL CHART SHOWN IN CONJUNCTION WITH A NATAL CHART OF INDIA.
THE ATTACK ON MUMBAI IS AN ATTACK ON INDIA AS A COUNTRY.
MUMBAI IS INDIA'S CHIEF FINANCIAL CENTER
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To the Left ← is a Mundane Event Chart done for the time of its Attack
The Indicators are one's that are the simplest to use to assess the Chart;
Which is an Event Chart for the Taj Hotel ... by its Locale
Below is an Interactive Dial Chart of the Attack on the Taj Hotel: (The Pocket Compass is for those who use a smaller screen resolution)