India Captures Mumbai Planner
Abu Jindal was allegedly the gunmen's 'handler'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2012 2:40 PM CDT
In this Nov. 29, 2008 file photo, an Indian soldier takes cover as the Taj Mahal hotel burns during gun battle between Indian military and militants inside the hotel in Mumbai, India.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, file)

(Newser) – Indian police say they've arrested one of the masterminds behind 2008's dramatic Mumbai terrorist attack. Delhi police tell the BBC that Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, was the "handler" of the 10 gunmen, and that his voice can be heard on recordings of conversations between the gunmen and their leaders in Pakistan. Sources tell the Times of India that he was nabbed last week while entering India from a "Gulf country"; an IBNLive report says he was deported from Saudi Arabia.

"As long as you have hostages, the police can't do anything," Jindal allegedly advised the gunmen. But "if there is any problem, if the pressure builds up, shoot them." Jindal was originally from India, but allegedly was among five Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives who directed the attack from Karachi, Pakistan. He was also the one who allegedly gave the terrorists their weapons training, and taught them Hindi.

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