India Hangs Sole Surviving Mumbai Attacker

Pakistani citizen executed for deadly 2008 terrorist assault

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 21, 2012 12:25 AM CST

(Newser) – The only attacker to be captured alive after the 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai was executed this morning. Pakistan citizen Ajmal Amir Kasab, one of 10 gunmen whose brazen attack killed 164 people, was hanged in a jail outside the city, the Washington Post reports. His execution, only the third in India since 1995, comes just five days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the attack, making justice extremely swift by Indian standards.

"I wondered many times if I will be able to see Kasab hanged in my own lifetime, I am very happy with the justice given by the Indian government," said the widow of a police officer killed in the attack. "But this is not complete justice because the masterminds in Pakistan are yet to be punished."

Ajmal Kasab is seen in Mumbai's Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station during the 2008 attack.
Ajmal Kasab is seen in Mumbai's Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station during the 2008 attack.   (AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza, File)
An Indian soldier takes cover as the Taj Mahal hotel burns during a gun battle between Indian military and militants during the 2008 attack.
An Indian soldier takes cover as the Taj Mahal hotel burns during a gun battle between Indian military and militants during the 2008 attack.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
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