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Surveyed N-plant as possible target: Headley

May 26, 2011 08:11 AM IST India India

New Delhi: On the third day of the 26/11 trial in Chicago, accused David Headley revealed that LeT handler Sajid Mir instructed the 26/11 attackers on phone, while watching the coverage on television.

Headley also said that Mir was upset with the attackers for making mistakes and leaving clues, despite what he thought was a fool-proof plan.

As the testimony continues - ISI's hand in the Mumbai attacks is getting clearer. Headley says he was taught several surveillance covers and encryption secrets by Major Iqbal. Iqbal also gave him Indian currency for his operation in India.

Headley says he bought 15 red bracelets to be worn by the attackers, so they would look like Hindus. Interestingly, Headley says Kashmir was his favourite assignment but wasn't sent there as his Pakistani handlers thought he would be suited for bigger objectives. Headley's testimony also says that he visited a nuclear power plant in India as a possible target.

Headley had claimed to visit a nuclear power plant in India as a possible target.

In July 2008, Headley returned to Mumbai for the fifth time to carry out instructions and surveillance activities, during which he conducted surveillance of a number of locations, including the Taj Mahal hotel, Oberoi Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Chabad House, the train station and various potential landing sites.

While Headley was performing this final surveillance in advance of the Mumbai attack, Major Iqbal attempted to contact Headley through Tahawwur Hussein Rana and obtain a status on his efforts, it said.

Once his surveillance was completed, Headley returned to Pakistan and gave Sajid Mir the GPS device so that its contents could be downloaded.

Headley and Sajid watched the surveillance videos together and discussed Headley's recommendations based on his surveillance.

With additional information from PTI