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Mumbai attackers were promised a better life

By Vicky Nanjappa
January 02, 2009 17:14 IST
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Abu Hamza, a Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist who is the prime accused in the December 28, 2005 attack on the Indian Institute of Science in Bengalaru, is said to have motivated the ten terrorists who attacked India's financial capital on November 26.

According to disclosures made by Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive, Hamza told him and his accomplices that it was easy to fool the Indian police.

During the motivational exercise for Lashkar's would-be terrorists, Hamza spoke about his experiences, assuring the group that it was possible to carry out an attack in India and return safely to Pakistan. He advised the terrorists short-listed to carry out the Mumbai attacks to return to Pakistan via Nepal after the terror strikes.

Hamza assured the terror recruits they would return home safely and lead normal lives in Pakistan.

Intelligence Bureau agents say Hamza followed the Lashkar brief, promising the would-be terrorists better lives in Pakistan once their mission was completed.

When the terror strikes began, the Lashkar minders predictably changed their tune and instructed the terrorists to kill as many people as they could and lay down their lives for the cause.

Intercepts of conversations between the terrorists and their minders in Pakistan suggest that Hamza, who had previously assured the attackers about escape and safety, ordered them to continue their diabloic mission to the end.

IB officials told that the voice intercepts confirmed Lashkar operatives Zarar Shah and Hamza's involvement in the terror strikes.

The investigations have revealed that the terrorists at Nariman House led the Mumbai strikes; the Jewish cultural centre operated as the control room for the terror operation. The terrorists, who attacked Nariman House, stayed in touch with their minders in Pakistan and took constant instructions from them. They passed on orders to the terrorists at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels.

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