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FBI confirms Pak hand, says attackers sailed from Karachi

AFP  Mumbai, August 12, 2009
First Published: 09:16 IST(12/8/2009) | Last Updated: 16:03 IST(12/8/2009)

Agents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday gave evidence at the trial of the sole surviving gunman of the deadly Mumbai attacks.


The first witness, an FBI electronic engineer and forensic expert, told a special prison court that he had examined one satellite phone and three global positioning systems recovered after the attacks.

The downloaded data from the devices showed a number of maps and routes, including one from off the coast of Pakistan to Mumbai, the FBI agent told the court, under condition of anonymity.

“This route starts in the ocean near the Gulf of Karachi and it goes to Mumbai. The route was stored by the user,” he added.

Other locations found on the GPS system included areas of the cities of Karachi and Rawalpindi and of Mumbai.

The ten gunmen, who attacked Mumbai last November, killing 166 people and wounding more than 300 others, are said by the prosecution to have come to the city via the sea.

The surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, and an accomplice are alleged to have committed the bloodiest episode in the 60-hour reign of terror, opening fire with AK-47 assault rifles and throwing grenades at commuters at the city’s main railway station.

Kasab is being tried on a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and attempted murder. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

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