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Who was the Indian trained for 26/11 attack?

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2012 01:21 IST
Presley Thomas
Presley Thomas
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The Mumbai crime branch is questioning Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal to find out who is the other Indian citizen who knew about the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative David Coleman Headley had told his interrogators about this person from Maharashtra, who he claimed was part of the core group of attackers.

The person was kept out of the 26/11 terror team purportedly because LeT commanders considered him to be an asset for the future.

Police sources said Jundal and his accomplice Zulfiqar Fayaz Kagzi also recruited two men from Marathwada to undergo training with the LeT.

The two have been identified only as Nasir and Azhar. Sources in the police who have interrogated both Ajmal Kasab and Headley said that LeT had initially handpicked 32 operatives to undergo the Daura-e-Khaas training near the Chelabandi mountains near Muzzafarabad, Pakistan.

For three months, one Abu Mawiya trained the operatives to handle AK-47’s, Uzi’s (sub-machine gun), grenades, rocket launchers and other weapons.

Later, LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi visited the camp and shortlisted 16 operatives. Of the 16, three ran away from the camp. The rest were taken to Muridke, where they were indoctrinated about the “holy war”.

Police are also questioning Jundal about the about the two Karachi setups - one run by the LeT and the other by Abdur Rehman Hashim alias Pasha. Sources said both camps had been set up to recruit Indians for subversive activities within India.

Jundal is also being grilled for details on Abdur Rehman Hashim, a retired major from the 6th Baloch regiment of the Pakistan Army. A source claimed Hashim has engineered many terror strikes in India and was initially within the LeT core group, which planned the 26/11 Mumbai attack.