Mumbai Thugs Aimed to Squeeze Press With Hostages

Gunman reveals how plans to force media demands went awry
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 6:14 AM CST
A Railway Special Forces guard stands watch at Mumbai's main train station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in Mumbai, India, early this month.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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(Newser) – Mumbai terrorists originally planned to take hostages and use them to make demands of the media, a captured gunmen has revealed. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab and his partner, responsible for a massacre at the train station, intended to take hostages to a rooftop, but couldn't find a suitable building, reports AP. From the roof, they were supposed to call suspected mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi for further instructions.

Kasab described how the attackers entered Mumbai by sea, hijacking an Indian boat and killing all the crew but one, who led them to Mumbai's coast at gunpoint. Kasab has requested "legal aid" from the Pakistani consulate, though it's not clear if his letter has been delivered. Islamabad has not acknowledged that Kasab is from Pakistan, claiming that India has not yet provided proof.