Mumbai Gunmen Aired Slights in Cell Phone Calls

During seige, attackers cite Muslim grievances in India, Kashmir
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2008 1:55 PM CST
Indian army soldiers stand guard on a hillock during an election rally in Khundru, some 45 miles (75 kilometers) south of Srinagar, India, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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(Newser) – Cell phone calls made by Mumbai gunmen during their attacks last month have shed some light on the motivations behind the slaughter, the Washington Post reports. Two members of Lashkar-e-Taiba who phoned an Indian TV station during the attacks cited the deaths of 1,000 demonstrators—mostly Muslims—in Gujarat in 2002, the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque, and the Indian presence in Kashmir.

Indian intelligence believes that Lashkar-e-Taiba is motivated by a narrative of Muslim repression on the subcontinent that stretches back to the 17th century. Despite their references to Kashmir, "the world should know the composition of Lashkar is not Kashmiri,” said one terror expert. “It's Pakistani Punjabis who, in the name of Kashmiris, end up doing all these horrible things.”