2 Arrested in Italy for Aiding Mumbai Attackers

Duo allegedly transferred $299 for insurgents' phone lines
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2009 7:57 AM CST
Pictures made available by the Italian police of 60-year-old Mohammad Yaqub Janjua and 31-year-old Aamer Yaqub Janjua, accused of aiding the Mumbai attackers by transferring funds for phone service.   (AP)
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(Newser) – Italian police today arrested a Pakistani father and son accused of helping fund and provide logistical support for last year's terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The two were arrested in an early morning raid in Brescia, where they managed a money transfer agency. The day before the attacks began, last Nov. 26, they allegedly sent $299 using a stolen identity to a US company to activate Internet phone accounts used by the attackers and their handlers, says the head of anti-terror police in Brescia.

The five lines, which are difficult to trace, allowed militants to keep in touch even during the rampage. Italian police began the probe in December after being alerted by the FBI and Indian police about the transfer, the official tells the AP. Ten militants, allegedly from Pakistan, killed 166 people in a three-day assault on luxury hotels, a Jewish center, and other sites in India's financial capital.