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FBI in India with Headley information
Published on 7 Dec. 2009 12:02 AM IST
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A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team is arriving in India Monday on a two-day visit with “key information” on Pakistan-born suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana presently in US custody, a top official said here Sunday. “The FBI team is visiting India on Dec 7 and 8. We hope they have lots of key information about the two terror suspects,” the official said without divulging any detail. “Nobody knows it. We are waiting for them. Let’s see what they have to share with us,” said the official requesting anonymity. The FBI had on Oct 3 arrested Headley, a Pakistani born national but settled in the US, for alleged links with an international terror network. Rana, a Canadian citizen and Headley’s accomplice, was arrested Oct 18. Rana was living legally in Chicago, where he operated an immigration centre. The two, according to the FBI charges, were scheming terror attack on a Danish newspaper that had published blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb as a turban. According to investigators, they were working on behalf of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit and were planning new terror attacks in India. Indian investigators are probing their suspected role in the last year’s Mumbai terror attack, which left over 170 people dead. Headley and Rana had travelled to India extensively before after the 26/11 attacks. Indian intelligence agencies believe Headley was a missing link in the Mumbai attacks and had provided photographs, maps and other details to the 10 Lashkar terrorists who sailed into the city through Karachi. The decision of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to come to India follows intensive discussions between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama in Washington last month. CIA chief Leon Panetta had disclosed the links of Headley-Rana to elements in Pakistan’s ISI when he met National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan in New Delhi in November.

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