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
Ajmal Kasab is seen in Mumbai's Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station during the 2008 attack.   (AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza, File)

(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."

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Trixielolo77
Nov 23, 2012 6:46 AM CST
I believe this world is made up of many people who only cause harm and destruction to others. It would be unrealistic to believe that every mentally ill or radical person can be reformed. It would also be unbeneficial to hold onto these mentally disturbed people by filling up camps and jails while tax payers are forced to support these individuals. I am all for life and the people who put good back into this world but there is no use in holding onto anyone who kills innocent people.
Trixielolo77
Nov 23, 2012 6:32 AM CST
A high five goes out to the widowed woman in agreement!
04052063
Nov 21, 2012 7:37 AM CST
I am against capital punishment. Its cases like these that really test my conviction. Yes, he killed 160 people. Yes, he deserves the gallows. But No, we shouldn't stoop that low. He should be incarcerated for life. Put him in a hard labor camp or something.