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Wednesday
Aug142013

Explosions Sink Indian Submarine with 18 On Board

Steve McAlister/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- A series of explosions partially sank a submarine docked in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The vessel, built in Russia, contained at least 18 naval personnel at the time of the explosions, reports the New York Times. Officials are uncertain of the condition of those on board.

The vessel, the Sindhurakshak, is one of 10 Indian submarines of its class. According to the Times, India is among the largest arms buyers in the world because of its inability to produce weapons of high quality at a low cost. Much of their defense equipment comes from Russia.

Only nine of India's submarines are currently operational and about five or six operate at any given time, meaning that areas of India's coast are not adequately guarded.

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Thursday
Jun282012

India Says It Has Proof of Pakistani Involvement in Mumbai Attacks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- India pointed the finger at the Pakistani government on Wednesday as having some role in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left more than 160 people dead.

Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram alleged at a press conference that an Indian man being held as one of the planners of the siege in Mumbai has confessed that he and five other men oversaw the attacks from what was described as a "control room" in Karachi.

The suspect identified as Abu Jindal told authorities that he and others in the room gave the orders to 10 gunmen to go on the massive hostage-taking and killing spree that lasted three days.  Eventually, all but one of the assailants were killed by Indian security forces.

Chidambaram said his government has tapes of the phone conversations, which show that there was Pakistani state involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

The accusation will probably fall on deaf ears in Islamabad, as the Pakistani government has repeatedly refuted allegations that its rogue spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, coordinated the operation with the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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Monday
Jun252012

Suspect in 2008 Mumbai Shootings Arrested

Fire brigade personnel arrive as fire engulfs the top floor of the Taj Mahal hotel, site of one of the shootouts with terrorists during an attack in Mumbai in 2008. (LORENZO TUGNOLI/AFP/Getty Images)(NEW DELHI) -- Indian police say a key organizer behind the Mumbai shooting rampage has been arrested.

Syed Zabiuddin was caught at New Delhi’s international airport.  It’s unclear whether he had arrived or was attempting to leave.

Zabiuddin is accused of tutoring the gunmen who went on to kill 166 people in India’s financial capital in 2008.  Indian authorities say Zabiuddin is a member of the Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Suspected Pakistani Terrorist Scoffs at $10 Million US Bounty on Him

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The terrorist suspect who allegedly masterminded the 2008 militant attacks on Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people including six Americans fired back at the U.S. Tuesday after learning a $10 million bounty had been placed on his head.

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, said that the bounty made public in the State Department's "Rewards for Justice" website was due to advice he gave Islamabad not to reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan that were closed following the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers by coalition war planes last November.

Saeed says he wants proof that he is leading any terrorist activities and claims Washington wants to stop Pakistanis from supporting him by attempting to silence him.

Following the Mumbai attacks, Saeed was put under house arrest for six months, but a Pakistani court determined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute him.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the $10 million bounty for Saeed's capture and conviction is about "justice being done."  Nuland said those who kill Americans overseas are not exempt from punishment.

The Obama administration probably can't expect much help from Islamabad in this matter since the Pakistanis believe Washington is overstepping its bounds.  India still says Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the three-day siege in Mumbai and it came under the direction of Saeed.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Explosions Rock India's Financial Capital Mumbai

ABC News(MUMBAI) -- Bombs rocked Mumbai and killed more than 20 people in jewelry and financial districts in the first major terror attack since Islamist gunmen from Pakistan killed 175 in a multi-day attack in November 2008.

Indian officials said the blasts had killed 21 people and wounded more than 100, and that the toll was expected to rise. The Indian government did not assign blame for Wednesday's attack. It has blamed the Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the 2008 Mumbai attack -- for which the Indian government says there was Pakistani support.

The Pakistani government was quick to issue a statement condemning Wednesday's attack.

A bomb exploded in Mumbai's jewelry market at around 7 p.m. local time, followed quickly by a second blast in the Opera House business district, and a third bomb in a crowded central Mumbai neighborhood. At least one of the explosions reportedly involved a vehicle bomb.

The U.S. Consulate in Mumbai released a statement reminding U.S. citizens "to exercise prudence," to monitor the news, and to follow directions from Indian officials. "At this time, there is no reason to suspect that U.S. citizens were the target of the attacks," said the statement, "and there are no reports of U.S. citizens killed or injured as a result of these attacks."

In a statement, President Obama condemned the bombings, calling them "outrageous," and pledged U.S. support for the Indian government. "The American people will stand with the Indian people in times of trial," said the president, "and we will offer support to the India's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice."

On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists entered Mumbai from the sea and began conducting assaults on civilian targets throughout the city, including a hospital, a train station, two luxury hotels, a bar popular with foreigners and a Jewish community center. They killed civilians with automatic weapons and explosives and took hostages. By November 29, all but one terrorist had been killed by Indian security forces.

The sole surviving attacker, Ajmal Kasab, told Indian authorities that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) was behind the attacks. Kasab was found guilty of murder and dozens of other charges and has been sentenced to death.

Pakistani-American David Headley, born Daood Sayed Gilani, pled guilty in 2010 to helping the LET plan the attacks. Headley made numerous trips to Mumbai to scout the locations. Both Indian and U.S. investigators said that Headley told them the ISI helped LET plan the terror operation. Testifying at the federal trial of Tahawwur Rana, his alleged coconspirator, Headley said the leadership of the ISI was not involved in the Mumbai attack planning, but testified that some ISI agents were involved. Rana was convicted of providing support to LET but acquitted of any role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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Thursday
May262011

Mumbai Terror Attack Trial: Headley Dodged FBI to Plot Denmark Attack

LORENZO TUGNOLI/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- David Headley, the Pakistani-American man who helped plan the Mumbai terrorist attacks, testified Thursday that although he was informed the FBI wanted meet with him in December 2008, he wanted to continue to prepare for an attack in Denmark.

Headley is the government's star witness at the trial of Tahawwur Rana, who is charged with providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the terrorist group behind the Mumbai attacks. Rana allegedly supported Headley's operational planning for the attacks by letting him use his immigration business as a front for Headley's time in Mumbai.

After the Mumbai attacks, Headley's cousin in Philadelphia informed him that the FBI wanted to speak with him. At the time, Headley said, he was in Pakistan.

"I didn't want to wait," Headley told the jury about wanting to press ahead with an attack on the Jyllands Posten newspaper.

Headley and terrorist groups targeted the newspaper for publishing cartoons that mocked the prophet Muhammad.

Although there was pressure on members of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the group behind the Mumbai attacks, Headley said he was not concerned the FBI wanted to speak to him.

"It didn't seem anything serious," Headley said during his cross-examination by defense attorneys about his connections with Rana and his handlers in Pakistan.

The attacks planned for Denmark were dubbed the "Mickey Mouse Project" by Headley for use in coded conversations.

During his visits to Denmark in early 2009, Headley allegedly used the cover of Rana's business to visit the newspaper's offices, where he expressed interest in buying an advertisement for the Immigrant Law Center. Headley made surveillance films of the newspaper's offices and surrounding areas.

Headley was arrested in October 2009, when he was leaving the United States to go to Pakistan to give his handlers the surveillance videos.

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Wednesday
May252011

Defense Questions Mumbai Planner About Heroin Smuggling-DEA Work

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- After three days of being questioned by prosecutors, convicted terrorist David Headley was sharply questioned about his past as a convicted drug smuggler, work as a DEA informant and his own testimony in the ongoing terrorism trial in Chicago.
 
Headley is the government's star witness at the trial of Tahawwur Rana, who is charged with providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the terrorist group behind the Mumbai attacks. Rana allegedly supported Headley's operational planning for the attacks by letting him use his immigration business as a front during Headley's time in Mumbai.
 
Under cross-examination Rana’s defense attorney Charles Swift immediately focused on Headley’s relationship with Rana, stretching back to their school years in Pakistan, where Headley grew up.  While Rana was at the top of his class, Headley said he was a “very bad” student and that Rana helped him with his school work.
 
The defense attorney focused on Headley and his drug use and eventual path to becoming a drug smuggler, contrasting it with Rana, who was studying in medical school to be a doctor.
 
Swift told the jury, “He was your friend, but he didn’t do what you were doing.”
 
Headley testified he took Rana to the tribal areas in Pakistan in 1984 so he could use him as a cover while Headley picked up a stash of heroin. Rana at the time was serving in the military and so their car was unlikely to be searched.
 
Headley was arrested two times for drug offenses and was eventually incarcerated. He testified that in the late 1990s, Rana posted bail for him by putting his house up for the bond. Shortly after he was released, Headley became an informant for the DEA. He testified that he became interested in Lashkar while he was working for the DEA in Pakistan. 

Swift highlighted that Headley never told the counter-narcotics agents about his links to the group.
 
The defense also highlighted complaints made against Headley to the FBI because of his extremist views after the 9/11 attacks but noted that Headley cited his work for the DEA to avoid any trouble or scrutiny.

Headley faces life in prison for pleading guilty to his role in the Indian attacks. Headley's sentencing is being postponed until the government concludes they have obtained his full cooperation.
 
The defense is expected to question Headley for another full day.

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Tuesday
May242011

Key Mumbai Planner David Headley Tesifies He Was 'Pleased' with 2008 Attacks

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago resident David Headley testified Tuesday that he was pleased with the results of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 164 people, including six Americans.

Headley is the government's star witness at the trial of Tahawwur Rana who is charged with providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the terrorist group behind the attacks. Rana allegedly supported Headley's operational planning for the attacks by letting him use his immigration business as a front for Headley's time in Mumbai.

Headley, who himself faces a lifetime prison term, pleaded guilty last year to conducting reconnaissance for the Mumbai attacks and planning attacks in Denmark.

Tuesday in court, he described his last several months in Mumbai, and the final orders he received from his handler from Pakistan's intelligence agency, a man known only as Major Iqbal -- which he said provide help to the terrorists.

Headley said that in the final months before the attacks he was asked to conduct surveillance and mark on his GPS the location of the Chabad house, an Orthodox Jewish outreach center in Mumbai. Headley said that Major Iqbal was interested in attacking the Chabad House since Iqbal believed it was allegedly a front for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence service.

During the attacks, Americans Gabriel Noah Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivka were killed by the Lashkar terrorists.

In his second day of testimony, Headley described how he received instructions to shoot surveillance films for the attackers to help them plan their routes. Headley also testified that he purchased traditional colorful bracelets worn by young boys and men in Mumbai so that the attackers would blend in.

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Monday
May232011

Key Mumbai Terror Plot Planner Testifies at Chicago Trial

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- One of the key planners behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks testified Monday that Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the terrorist group accused of carrying out the coordinated shootings and bombings in India, has connections within Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency.

David Headley took the witness stand Monday as the government's first witness in the Chicago terrorism trial of businessman Tahawwur Rana, 50, who has been charged with three counts of providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba by assisting Headley.

Headley, who pleaded guilty last year to terrorism charges, conducted surveillance and casing videos for the attackers and used a GPS to program in key location markers for the Mumbai terrorists as they moved to their targets and ravaged the city for three days in November 2008, striking luxury hotels, the train station, restaurants and a Jewish center.

Headley went to Pakistan as a U.S. government informant but later linked up with the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba terrorist group after he arrived.

Headley testified that in 2004, after meeting with top leaders in the group, he proposed that Lashkar sue the United States government to challenge its designation as a terrorist organization. Top leaders in the group told Headley they would need to consult with the Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence agency if they were to try to sue the United States.

Headley's testimony continued Monday afternoon. He also was expected to discuss his plans to open an office in Mumbai to conduct casing work. His testimony could last several days, according to Justice Department officials. The trial itself is expected to last four to five weeks.

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Friday
Dec242010

Indian Police Search for Four Suspected Terrorists in Mumbai

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MUMBAI, India) -- A terror alert has been issued in Mumbai, India, where police are searching for four men suspected of entering the city with plans to carry out a terrorist attack.

Indian police believe the men belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group based in Pakistan that was allegedly responsible for the three-day terrorist siege in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people.

The group is planning to strike over the holidays, around the Christmas and New Year festivities, according to police.

"It is going to be a violent attack which will cause disruptions," said Himanshu Roy, the joint commissioner of the Mumbai Police at a news conference. "The four have recently arrived in Mumbai. We believe the threat is serious."

"We are not in a position to reveal their nationalities now but they are LeT members," said Roy, who did release the sketch of one of the four suspected militants.

The four men were named as Abdul Karim Musa, Walid Jinnah, Noor Abul Elahi and Mehfooz Alam.

Police put additional men on duty in public places and set up checkpoints along the city's major roads Friday. They closed roads near the Gateway of India landmark and the Taj Mahal hotel. Traffic and activity in most of Mumbai, however, has remained normal.

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