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Terrorists were trained and sent by LeT
Published on 30 Nov. 2008 1:14 AM IST
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One of the terrorists injured in the recent Mumbai attacks and the only survivor revealed that the group of fifteen started the terror trail from Pakistan. In a signed confession with Mumbai Police, the injured terrorist who identified himself as Azam Amir Qasab aged 21 disclosed he is a resident of Faridkot in Chipaalpura Taluka of Ukhad zilla in Punjac, Pakistan. In his statement Azam disclosed that the group was trained by militants of the Laskar-e-Tayiba in Pakistan for three months during which, they were told to cause maximum casualties in Mumbai. Qasab has given details of the training imparted by the LeT in Pakistan to 15 men, the modus operandi that they were to use, their journey to Mumbai, and how anti-terrorism expert Hemant Karkare and two other police officers were killed. According to the statement, the group was trained for three months followed by a month recess and another month-long training. Quoting a report appearing in the Daily News and Analysis, Azam said “ we were trained how to hijack vessels at sea. We were indoctrinated by showing us CDs of atrocities on Muslims in India.” They were also shown the locations where they were to operate and cause maximum damage, he said in the statement. A few days before landing in Mumbai, the group of 15 terrorists, with a few associates armed with sophisticated weapons, explosives, and inflatable rafts, started their journey in a boat from Karachi. “At Porbandar, they hijacked an Indian trawler carrying five Indian fishermen. They forced four of the crew to sit in the boat heading back to Karachi. They (the terrorists) then boarded the Indian trawler, took one Indian captive, and travelled ahead,” said the FIR.

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