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Mum attack was scheduled on Sept 29

world Updated: May 26, 2011 14:35 IST

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Lashkar-e-Taiba had initially scheduled the Mumbai terror attacks on September 29, but abandoned its plan as attackers got stuck on a rock and the boat in which they were travelling was destroyed, according to unsealed court documents.

According to the documents, Sajid Mir, one of David Coleman Headley's Pakistani handlers, told him that the attack would occur on the 27th night of Ramadan, which in 2008 would occur on September 29.

Around this time, Headley received a text message from Sajid stating something to the effect of "the game is afoot."

After Ramadan, however, Sajid came to Headley's home in Pakistan and explained that the boat carrying the attackers got stuck on a rock and was destroyed, the court documents said.

"Sajid told Headley that everyone on board survived, in part because they had life vests. Headley subsequently met with Pasha and told him about the failed attempt. Pasha, said that the failed attempt was a sign that God was not happy with Lashkar," it said.

Sajid told Headley that there would be a second attempt at the Mumbai attack in October 2008. Soon thereafter, Sajid told Headley that the second attempt failed.

Sajid explained that Lashkar had rented a boat for the attempt. After two or three days, the attackers spotted an Indian fishing vessel and attempted to open fire on it, but the vessel escaped.