- Kasab told the police that he and 9 others got off a vessel about 10 nautical miles from Mumbai and shifted to two boats hijacked from fishermen and names the other nine.
- The same news (as above, in a different source) mentions the “a source in the ATS familiar with the details of the interrogation quoted him saying that in all 16 fidayeens came to Mumbai on Wednesday.”
- The same news from yet another source mentions 39 colleagues who were given the impression that they would return after causing the mayhem in India.
- While the earlier articles mention the groups splitting into batches of 5, another one speaks of a more likely four to Taj, and two each to CST, Nariman House and Oberoi.
- Oberoi: “12.50 am: One terrorist killed at Oberoi, one still remaining.”
- Oberoi: “11:12 am: Two terrorists reported to be killed inside Trident-Oberoi hotel.” <– this could simply be an update from the earlier one killed one remaining.
- Oberoi: “12.10 pm: Terrorist reportedly killed in crossfire at Trident-Oberoi.” <— same one?
- Nariman House: “7.40 pm: Two terrorists killed in Nariman House.”
- Taj: “8.32 am: The 59-hour siege of old Taj Hotel ends. Last terrorist killed” Followed by “8.42 am: Four terrorists killed at Taj Hotel; number of other dead and injured there still to be ascertained, says Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor.” and “8.49 am: Director General of National Security Guards, J K Dutt, briefs media, tells three terrorists killed in the latest operation at Taj Hotel.” <— is it four or three?
“The terrorists were challenged by security men near the CST railway station – the heart of the Indian Railways. One terrorist was killed and another nabbed near the metro junction. Five other terrorists were killed – two each at Taj Hotel and Chowpatty and one at Nariman House, he added.”However, there is no mention of seven terrorists killed in this article. More confusion here. Coming to the “summary” statements of this episode, we have “Describing the mission as successful, the NSG sources said that 11 terrorists have been killed in the mission and one has been caught alive.” The one alive is a no brainer, but the eleven killed? Shouldn’t that number be higher? Or, who died when terrorists were reported killed in some instances? How many were captured? One in Girgaum, yes of course – our one well quoted guy.But where was he captured? Girgaum Chowpatty (most likely), CST or Taj? What about:
- “Highly-placed police sources said two other Pakistani nationals had also been held in the course of intense fighting on Thursday. All three, the sources said, identified themselves as members of a Lashkar fidayeen squad.” from 3 Lashkar fidayeen captured
- The mysterious 9 or so? with British passports and Pakistanis of British origin? They don’t seem to appear on the action timeline, so information is quite vague.
- Who is responsible for the taxi blasts? The cops think that the bombs were planted in the taxis used by the terrorists to prevent information about them wrecking their plans, but that doesn’t explain the reports of grenades being hurled in Santa Cruz – planted bombs don’t hurl grenades….. right? Or were those reports rumors?
- If only 10 terrorists entered Mumbai hours before the attack, who in the world booked the room 630 in the Taj, stocked ammo and got visitors for four days? Kasab seems to be the source for both stories. He has a split personality?
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