On this day: the Mumbai Terror attacks

November 26 2008: a two-day-long killing spree


The world watched in horror as locations around the Indian city were taken siege by Islamic terrorists.

The Mumbai Chabad centre, along with the city’s main train station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and the luxurious Taj Mahal hotel, became scenes or bloodshed and trauma.

More than 170 people were killed in the attacks at sites across the city, including four Israelis and Jews from America and Mexico.

Among the dead were Israeli-born Rabbi Gavriel Holztberg and his wife Rivka, Chabad emissaries to the city. They were murdered in Nariman house along with four visitors, just days before their son Moshe’s second birthday.

The baby survived thanks to his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel, who found a route out of the besieged house. Two of the terrorists, who were allegedly linked with Pakistani terror groups, were killed by Indian commandoes as they attempted to end the rampage.

One of the survivors, Briton Toni Nagel, said: “The thing that sticks in my mind more than anything is the desire to kill and maim as many people as possible

In August construction began on a new Chabad House in the Indian city of Mumbai to replace the one damaged during the attacks.

What the JC said: Not one wall in Nariman House had been left unscathed by the heavy firing. Shell-holes pockmarked every surface…The top two floors of the Chabad House had been almost demolished by the explosive charges that the Indian commandos set off in the final assault that killed the two terrorists. They had held out for nearly 48 hours…The destruction on the second floor was less severe, but on the left side of the room used as a synagogue were puddles and smears of blood….On the fourth floor, by the stairwell, lay the two dead terrorists. Their bodies were mutilated but their young, clean-shaven faces were visible.

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    Last updated: 8:46am, November 26 2010