I sprinted out of the bar, caught a cab downtown and was one of the first reporters on the scene. The Taj Mahal Palace and Trident-Oberoi hotels and a Jewish centre had been occupied by gunmen.A backpacker bar – which would have been the venue for our drinks had one of the group not been delayed – had been sprayed with bullets.
As they parted Kasab asked, 'And will they show us how to use guns? Dr Christine Fair, a terrorism expert from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, who has studied the recruitment of young men into terrorist organisations, describes the appeal of Le T to young Pakistani potential recruits as its having the 'Rambo factor – even more of the “wow” factor than al-Qaeda’.
Mujahideen fighters for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which means Army of the Pure, are lionised by Islamic extremists across Pakistan.
His execution was welcomed by relations of the victims, the Indian authorities and the wider population as a chance to draw a line under the terror.
Yet when I returned to Mumbai last year to conduct research for an MA in terrorism at King’s College London, it was clear that many questions remained about the life of Kasab.
Ten young men had sailed from Pakistan armed with AK-47 assault rifles and carrying backpacks full of ammunition and attacked the city’s landmark sites with apparent ease, eventually killing 166 people, including 22 foreigners.