LeT wanted to hit Siddhivinayak, scientists at Taj: Headley to court
Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley today said that the LeT had planned to attack Indian defence scientists at the Taj Mahal Hotel a year before the 26/11 strikes and that he had conducted a recce of the Naval air station and the Siddhivinayak Temple.india Updated: Feb 09, 2016 13:15 IST
Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley continued to depose before a Mumbai court for a second straight day.
Here are 5 key takeaways from the explosive hearings:
1)The Lashkar-e-Taiba was targeting Mumbai’s famous Siddhivinayak temple for a terror strike and asked Headley to survey the popular Hindu shrine that is visited by thousands of people daily.
2)The Lashkar-e-Taiba didn’t plan to initially target Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus – where attackers killed over 50 people and from where Ajmal Kasab was captured. Headley originally surveyed the railway station as an exit point for terrorists.
3)The Lashkar-e-Taiba planned to attack the Taj Mahal hotel in November 2007 to target a proposed meeting of defence scientists. The conspiracy to conduct the terror attacks started in November 2006.
4)The Lashkar-e-Taiba asked Headley to gather military intelligence in India and also recruit someone from the Indian military for spying.
5)Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence provides moral, military, financial support” to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Headley said he was working for the ISI and met many people from the Pakistani army.