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Landing undeterred – setting out to kill in Mumbai

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Candles burn in front of the Taj Mahal hotel in memory of the victims
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As Prasan Dhanur prepared his 13-foot boat on Wednesday evening for a hard night of fishing, he saw something strange.

A black inflatable lifeboat equipped with a brand new Yamaha outboard motor threaded its way among the small, wooden fishing boats at anchor and pulled up to the concrete pier of the slum where Dhanur, 24, has lived his whole life as a fisherman.

Ten men, all apparently in their early 20s, jumped out. They stripped off orange windbreakers to reveal T-shirts and blue jeans. Then they began hoisting large, heavy backpacks out of the boat and onto their shoulders, each taking care to claim the pack assigned to him.

Dhanur flipped his boat light toward the men, and Kashinath Patil, a 72-year-old harbor official on duty nearby, asked the men what they were doing.

“I said: ‘Where are you going? What’s in your bags?”‘ Patil recalled.

“They said: ‘We don’t want any attention. Don’t bother us.”‘ Thus began a crucial phase of the recent terror attacks…

Thus began the slaughter of the innocents that transformed Mumbai for the next three days. And more.

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Written by Ed Campbell

November 30, 2008 at 8:00 am

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