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LeT operatives held in UP reveal Mumbai plot

Dec 17, 2008 11:50 PM IST India India
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Mumbai: Visuals of a gun-toting Ajmal Kasab and his fellow terrorists - who held Mumbai hostage for over 60 hours starting on 26/11 - have been doing the rounds of every television channel and print organisation for three weeks now. However, the question that everyone has been asking is how these young men - who had never been to India - could have known where to attack and who gave them an exact idea of South Mumbai's topography?

It was in search of answers to these questions which led investigators to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin.

Arrested in February in connection with the Rampur CRPF camp attack, the duo are now in Mumbai police custody and have revealed some vital clues. CNN-IBN is in possession a copy of Ansari's interrogation report.

In his confession, he has revealed that he himself carried out reconnaissance of various targets in Mumbai.

Ansari is an expert in intelligence gathering and says he was shown a Google earth map of Mumbai, with prominent places like the police headquarters and Taj Mahal hotel marked out.

He later recced many of these locations, took pictures and diagrams of roads and buildings and sent them to LeT commander, Mohammed Muzamil in Pakistan.

Ansari's boss Sabahuddin has never shied away from his association with Lashker-e-Toiba.

His interrogation has revealed that he recced and finalised the target for the attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Saba later escaped to Nepal and was appointed the LeT chief there. In January this year, Saba helped Fahim Ansari cross into India to recce for the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.

Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin have revealed that they were waiting in Nepal for an arms shipment for the attack when they were caught. If that shipment had arrived, 26/11 could have happened much earlier say the duo.

(With inputs from Deepa Balakrishnan in Bangalore)

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