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7 terrorists stayed back on ship, says Kasab
Published on 18 Dec. 2008 11:56 PM IST
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In a startling revelation, Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist from the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has told investigating agencies that there were 17 Pakistani terrorists on Al-Husseini ship that set sail from Azizabad port near Karachi. While 10 terrorists are believed to have travelled to Mumbai after hijacking the fishing trawler, Kuber, seven were asked to stay back on Al-Husseini at the 11th hour. Crime branch officials fear these seven terrorists could be hiding somewhere near Gujarat and may be planning another strike. Ajmal said the 17 terrorists were led by Lashkar-e-Taiba commandant Zari-ur-Rehman, who took them to Azizabad port on November 24 from where they set sail for Mumbai. These terrorists were instructed to hijack an Indian boat after entering Indian waters, he told the agencies. In the event, they sighted Kuber inside Pakistani waters. He also said that they were instructed to tie red threads on their wrists as soon as they entered Indian waters. He said of the five-member Kuber crew, four were shifted to Al-Husseini while its captain Amarsinh Tandel was asked to take the terrorists to Mumbai. Initially, all 17 were supposed to board Kuber and come to Mumbai, but according to Kasab, there were some last-minute changes and Rehman called on the satellite phone and asked seven of them to return to Al-Husseini, said a Mumbai police source. Kasab said he is not aware of the whereabouts of his missing accomplices.

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