Captured terrorist gives account of Mumbai massacre

November 30, 2008

India (ChattahBox) — The terrorist we reported as captured yesterday, who has been identified as Azam Amir Kasab, 21, from Pakistan, is now apparently talking and has confirmed his orders in the Mumbai massacre. In his account he revealed he was ordered to ‘kill until the last breath’. Kasab said the attacks were meticulously planned six months ago and were intended to kill 5,000 people.

Kasab chillingly went through details of Wednesday night’s killing spree across the city, which ended when he was cornered by police. He pretended to be dead, (though he suffered only minor injuries), which probably saved his life. It was only when he was being transferred to hospital by ambulance that his accompanying officer noticed he was still breathing.

He revealed that the ten terrorists, who were highly trained in marine assault and crept into the city by boat. Some of the militants, including Kasab, posed as students during a visit to Mumbai a month ago, filming the ‘strike locations’ and familiarising themselves with the city’s roads. Kasab and the nine other terrorists, who communicated using BlackBerry mobiles, began their journey to Mumbai on November 21. They had planned to blow up the Taj Mahal Palace hotel after first executing British and American tourists and then taking hostages. Thankfully the group, armed with plastic explosives, underestimated the strength of the 105-year-old building’s solid foundations As it is, their deadly attacks have left close to 200 confirmed dead, with the toll expected to rise to nearly 300 once the hotel has been fully searched by security forces. Evidence was emerging last night that the the gunmen killed their victims early in the siege and fooled Indian security forces into thinking that they were holding hostages.

According to the account of Kasab’s interrogation, given by police sources, the terrorists were trained over five months in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, then had a month off before the attacks. Indian Police insist that Kasab confessed to being a member of the Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has denied involvement in the carnage, and claimed he and the others were trained in the Muslim country. Intelligence analysts are keeping more of an open mind, however.


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