Mastermind of Attack on Mumbai Chabad House Gets Bail


zakiur-rehman-lakhviIn a move likely to stoke the ire of India and many others, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court today granted bail to the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who plotted the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks.

While Pakistan has acknowledged that the plan for the attack was hatched on its soil, its slow pace in the trial of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and seven others has been a point of contention between India and Pakistan.

The decision to grant bail comes just days after a terrorist attack in Pakistan left more than 100 schoolchildren dead.

The sole attacker caught by India, Ajmal Kasab, was hanged.

A series of twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days occurred across Mumbai,carried out by Pakistani members of Lashkar-e-Taiba.Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, later confessed upon interrogation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan Government’s intelligence agency ISI. The involvement of Pakistan’s ISI was also supported by statements made by David Headley, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin, though an ISI spokesman denied any involvement in the attacks. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.

Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai: at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children’s hospital), the Nariman Chabad House, the Metro Cinema, and in a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier’s College. There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai’s port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces. On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted ‘Operation Black Tornado’ to flush out the remaining attackers; it resulted in the deaths of the last remaining attackers at the Taj hotel and ending all fighting in the attacks.

Ajmal Kasab disclosed that the attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, among others. The Government of India said that the attackers came from Pakistan, and their controllers were in Pakistan.

{Andy Newscenter}