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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...

Suspect in Mumbai Attacks Sprung From Pakistan Jail

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi freed from Islamabad-area prison pending his trial

(Newser) - Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected Pakistani mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks , was freed from a jail near Islamabad today, following a court order that he be set free pending trial. Lakhvi was said to be the operations chief for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the organization blamed for the 2008 attacks. It's unclear...

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...

American Mumbai Plotter Gets 35 Years

David Coleman Headley scouted targets for 2008 hit in India

(Newser) - An American was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for the key role he played in a 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai that has been called India's 9/11. David Coleman Headley's meticulous scouting missions facilitated the assault by 10 gunmen from a Pakistani-based militant group. The attack...

Taliban to India: Return Gunman's Body or Face 'Revenge'

Spokesman: We'll continue Mumbai attacker's 'mission'

(Newser) - The Taliban threatened revenge today unless India returns the body of a Pakistani man executed for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman demanded that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab's body be given back to his family or handed over to the Taliban....

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...

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...

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...

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...

US Vows to Help India Fight Terrorism

Hillary Clinton on 3-day trip to India a week after Mumbai attacks killed 20

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton pledged robust counterterrorism cooperation with India today while assuring Indian officials that the Obama administration won't ease pressure on Pakistan to combat extremists or allow the Taliban to regain power in Afghanistan upon the withdrawal of American troops. While hailing improved US-Indian ties, Clinton also called on...

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...

3 Blasts Rock Mumbai
 3 Blasts Rock Mumbai, Killing 17 

3 Blasts Rock Mumbai, Killing 17

All explosions occurred in crowded areas, say police

(Newser) - Three explosions rocked India's busy financial capital at rush-hour today, killing at least 17 people and injuring 71 in what officials describe as another terror attack on the city. The blasts took place in a crowded market and other busy areas: The first struck the Jhaveri Bazaar at 6:...

Indian Cops to Google Street View: Stop Filming

Google must obtain the proper security clearance to continue

(Newser) - Police in southern India have halted Google from taking pictures of streets for its popular Street View services until it gets approval from the federal government. The Mountain View, California-based company will be allowed to resume filming only after it produced security clearances from the Home Ministry and Ministry of...

Jurors Deliver Split Verdict in Chicago Terror Trial

Businessman cleared of ties to Mumbai attack, convicted in Denmark plot

(Newser) - A federal jury convicted a Chicago businessman today of helping plot an attack against a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. But it cleared him of the more serious charge that he cooperated in the deadly 2008 rampage in Mumbai. The jury reached its split verdict after...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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