On the 26th of November 2020, India remembered the 26/11 Mumbai Terror attacks, which occurred on this day in 2008.
The Mumbai terror attack on the 26th of November, 2008, left the nation in shock. A Pakistan based terrorist group, Lashkar e Taiba (LeT,) spread violence and terror in Mumbai, the financial hub of India.
Approximately 166 people were killed in the attack and many were injured. The families who lost their loved ones are still waiting for justice against the 10 armed men who were responsible for the attack. Of the 10 terrorists behind the 26/11 attack, 9 terrorists were killed and the lone survivor, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was caught and sentenced to death at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune in 2012.
The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), whose mastermind was Hafiz Saeed, was believed to have plotted the 26/11 attacks.
The ghastly attacks, which began on the 26th of November 26, 2008, lasted for four days in several locations including Taj Mahal hotel, the Oberoi hotel, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station.
The United States of America (U.S.A.,) on the 26th of November, reaffirmed its commitment to holding the perpetrators accountable and ensuring justice for the victims, including six Americans.
The U.S.A., Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the State Department tweeted, “Standing alongside our Indian partners, we remain resolute in the fight against terrorism.”
In the remembrance of the victims and the officers who lost their lives in the terror attack, political leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind and union ministers paid tributes.
While paying tribute, Union Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal said, “Heartfelt tributes to the victims & martyrs of 26/11 #MumbaiTerrorAttack & salute to the strength & resilience of people of Mumbai. We will be eternally grateful to all the security forces personnel who valiantly fought & made the supreme sacrifice for Mother India on that day.”
Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari also mourned the loss of those who lost their lives during the 26/11 attack.
Mr. Gadkari said, “Salute to the martyrs of Mumbai terror attack #MumbaiTerrorAttack.”
Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook also witnessed a bunch of messages and tweets of gratitude and homage to the victims and security personnel who fought the 26/11 terror attack. Several hashtags were trending since the past few hours on social media platforms.
Below are some of the trending tweets remembering the gruesome 26/11 terror attacks.
While Indians and U.S.A., citizens paid tribute to soldiers, army officials and ones who lost their lives in the attack, the LeT organised a special prayer meetings in all Lashkar e Taiba Mosques. The prayer would be held to commemorate the incident as well as pay tributes to the ten terrorists, including Ajmal Kasab who was hanged at the Pune Jail.