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In Rare Execution, India Hangs Man Tied to Mumbai Bombings

Yakub Memon was executed on 53rd birthday despite public pleas for a stay

(Newser) - The accountant who served as the "middleman" in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed more than 250 people and injured more than 700 was hanged this morning—his 53rd birthday—at a prison in India, the New York Times reports. Yakub Memon, who raised funds for the attack, made... More »

Spies Could've Halted 'India's 9/11,' Failed to Connect Dots

Scads of 2008 surveillance data, but no one put it together: investigation

(Newser) - British, American, and Indian intelligence operatives all separately picked out elements of a possible major terror plot by autumn of 2008, but their inability to connect the dots led to what the New York Times calls one of "the most devastating near-misses in the history of spycraft"—the... More »

India Hangs Sole Surviving Mumbai Attacker

Pakistani citizen executed for deadly 2008 terrorist assault

(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... More »

Cops: Mumbai Planner Had New Attack in the Works

Abu Jindal was arrested in India this week

(Newser) - Police in India say the arrest of the man suspected of being the brains between the 2008 Mumbai attacks may have have prevented another attack of even greater scope. Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, had been recruiting participants for two years while living in Saudi Arabia, authorities tell Reuters . Jindal... More »

India Captures Mumbai Planner

Abu Jindal was allegedly the gunmen's 'handler'

(Newser) - Indian police say they've arrested one of the masterminds behind 2008's dramatic Mumbai terrorist attack. Delhi police tell the BBC that Abu Jindal, aka Sayed Zabiuddin, was the "handler" of the 10 gunmen, and that his voice can be heard on recordings of conversations between the gunmen... More »

US Offers $10M Bounty for Mumbai Attack Mastermind

Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed moves freely through Pakistan

(Newser) - The US, in a sign of frustration with Pakistan, is offering a $10 million reward for the alleged mastermind of the terror attacks that killed 164 people in Mumbai in 2008. Hafiz Saeed founded the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba in the '80s. He was arrested in connection with the Mumbai... More »

India on High Alert After Deadly Mumbai Blasts

Police hunting for leads after triple bombing kills 17

(Newser) - Cities across India are on high alert as security forces search for the culprits behind last night's deadly triple bombing in Mumbai that killed 17 people . No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which injured scores of people, the BBC reports. "All groups that have capacity to... More »

Terrorist: Pakistan Helped Plan Mumbai Attack

David Headley says ISI recruited him for Lashkar-i-Taiba

(Newser) - Pakistani spies helped plan the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, confessed Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley testified yesterday. Headley said that after he had trained with the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group for three years, he was recruited by an ISI officer when he was detained near the Afghan border in 2006—and,... More »

Chicago Trial Could Link Pakistan to Terror Group

Jury selection begins today in Tahawwur Rana trial

(Newser) - Jury selection begins today in a Chicago trial that could reveal links between Pakistan's intelligence agency and the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The trial of Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana, accused of helping David Coleman Headley serve as a scout for the attacks, "will undoubtedly demonstrate links between Pakistan... More »

India, Pakistan to Kick-Start Peace Talks

Talks had ceased after 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks

(Newser) - As one country closes a door , another opens a window. India and Pakistan today announced that they would kick-start the wide-ranging peace talks that ground to a halt after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, which were blamed on Pakistan-based militants. The US has been cheering on the efforts, in hopes... More »

Police Search Mumbai for 4 Men Plotting Holiday Attack

'We believe the threat is serious,' say police

(Newser) - Four terrorists have entered India and are planning to attack Mumbai over the holidays, say authorities, who have issued a terror alert for the city. Police last night said they believe the four belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the November 2008 attacks. Today, police set up checkpoints along... More »

DEA Employed Mumbai Plotter in Pakistan

David Headley released from probation despite terror warnings

(Newser) - US authorities not only ignored warnings that Mumbai terror plotter David Headley was involved with Pakistani terror groups , they sent him to Pakistan to work for the Drug Enforcement Agency. Concerns about Headley's involvement with Lashkar-e-Taiba were not raised in 2001 when he was granted early release from probation to... More »

Mumbai Suspect's Wife Warned FBI About Him

She alerted them 3 years before attack

(Newser) - The wife of the American businessman accused of helping plot the 2008 Mumbai attacks told the FBI three years earlier that he was training to be a terrorist, reports Pro Publica . After a domestic abuse incident, the wife of David Coleman Headley tipped off the agency that her husband was... More »

Mumbai Gunman Recants Confession

Kasab says he was framed, tortured

(Newser) - The only surviving suspect from last year's Mumbai terror attacks has withdrawn his confession, saying police tortured it out of him. Mohammed Kasab—who was photographed carrying an assault rifle at a railway station during the attacks—told an Indian court that he was framed by police who arrested him... More »

Mumbai Marks First Anniversary of Terror Rampage

Candlelight vigils held throughout city in memory of 166 dead

(Newser) - Candlelight vigils and other memorial remembrances are underway in India to mark the first anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks. The three-day rampage left 166 dead, plus nine Islamic militant gunmen. Particularly poignant was a ceremony at the city’s Jewish center, where a rabbi and his pregnant wife were... More »

Terror Suspects in Chicago Linked to Mumbai

Men's trail leads to Pakistan, Bollywood

(Newser) - A pair of Chicago-based men busted last month in a plot to kill the Danish Mohammed cartoonist are now suspected of helping plot the Mumbai attacks last year. Suspect David Headley—who changed his name from Daood Gilani to make border crossings easier, according to the FBI—is believed to... More »

Resurgent Militants Could Ignite India-Pakistan War

India braces for fresh attacks that could spark war

(Newser) - The Pakistan-based terror network that organized the slaughter of 163 people in Mumbai last year is still thriving, and security officials on both sides of the border fear it's only a matter of time before operatives attack India again. Lashkar-e-Taiba enjoys broad support within Pakistan, its top leadership remains intact... More »

Gunman Pleads Guilty to Mumbai Attacks

(Newser) - The only surviving gunman of the deadly terror attacks in Mumbai admitted his role in the November rampage in a dramatic courtroom confession today, reports the Times of India. "Sir, I plead guilty to my crime," Ajmal Kasab told the presiding judge, before describing how the attacks... More »

Pakistan Releases Mumbai Suspect, India Outraged

India unhappy with move

(Newser) - Pakistan has released the leader of a group who had been arrested in connection with November’s Mumbai attacks, the New York Times reports, enraging neighboring India. A Pakistani court deemed Hafiz Muhammad Saeed’s detention unconstitutional, said his lawyer, after concluding there wasn’t enough evidence to hold him.... More »

Mumbai Gunman Retracts 'Coerced' Confession

Kasab gets new lawyer; trail begins after delays

(Newser) - The sole surviving gunman and top suspect in the Mumbai massacre has retracted his confession, which his new lawyer says was coerced, the BBC reports. Now, the judge must decide whether the confession will count in the case, in which Pakistani Mohammed Ajmal Kasab is accused of killing 166 people... More »

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