Cops: Mumbai Planner Had New Attack in the Works

Abu Jindal was arrested in India this week
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2012 12:22 PM CDT
In this Nov. 29, 2008, photo, an Indian soldier takes cover as the Taj Mahal hotel burns during gun battle with militants inside.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, file)

(Newser) – Police in India say the arrest of the man suspected of being the brains between the 2008 Mumbai attacks may have have prevented another attack of even greater scope. Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, had been recruiting participants for two years while living in Saudi Arabia, authorities tell Reuters. Jindal apparently gave up details of his new plans over five days of interrogation after being arrested at the Delhi airport last week.

India won't say how it got wind of Jindal's whereabouts, citing only "inputs" of information. But media reports in India suggest that American intelligence officials tipped off their Indian counterparts, as part of a bid to strengthen counterterror relations between the two countries. During the Mumbai attacks, the gunmen were coached along during their three-day siege via telephone. Authorities think Jindal was the voice on the other end.

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