The 2008 Mumbai attacks shocked the world as a total of 175 people, including civilians, security personnel, and nine of the Pakistani-backed attackers, were slaughtered in a multiple day attack beginning on November 26.
10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist terrorist organisation that is funded and supported by the Pakistani state, carried out 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai.
As Bruce Riedel writing for Brookings highlighted: “The horrific terrorist attack in Paris [in 2015] was likely modeled on an earlier terrorist horror, the November 26-29, 2008 attack in Mumbai, India, in which ten terrorists killed 164 and wounded more than 300. Mumbai has been studied by both terrorists and counter-terrorists because it set a gold standard for how a small group of suicidal fanatics can paralyze a major city, attract global attention, and terrorize a continent.”
The truth is that Europe had several years to study how the Mumbai Attacks were perpetrated and to cooperate with India to prevent such attacks from occurring.
Rather, Europe opted to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who flood into the continent believing that they were escaping the war in Syria.
As it turned out, ISIS and Al-Qaeda took advantage of the free flow of people into Europe to penetrate into the continent and cause chaos not only in France, but also in Belgium, Germany, the UK and other parts of Europe.
Although September 11 is the most infamous terrorist attack in history, 26/11 should be equally remembered as it signified new terrorist attack methods that would later be used all across Europe to deadly effect.
The attacks against Mumbai was Pakistani-perpetrated, signaling the inspiration Pakistan has had on the several devastating terrorist attacks that Europe has experienced.