June 29, 2012

Key Mumbai Plotter Arrested in Saudi Arabia

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Via the LWJ[Image credit also]

A key suspect in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, was arrested in Saudi Arabia earlier this month and then turned over to Indian authorities.

Also known as Abu Jundal and Abu Hamza, Ansari has reportedly made significant admissions implicating members of the Pakistani army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency in the planning of the attack. The Mumbai siege was orchestrated by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a longtime proxy of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishment.[emphasis mine..ed]

Ansari allegedly directed Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman to survive the attack, and other terrorists from a control room in Karachi, Pakistan. As an Indian national, Ansari taught the attackers about Mumbai and Indian culture. Ansari was also reportedly involved in the terrorists' training in a camp run inside Kashmir. The training was headed by Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, LeT's military commander.

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Pakistan, our allies[snark, ok?]. No surprise here on this development.

El Grillo1 (thanks MK) linked to this article at NDTV, which notes Jundal used Facebook to hunt for terror recruits. Be sure and read it also as it lists "Top 10 Developments" in this. A good guide aka "cheat sheet" in sorting all of this out.

BTW, besides Facebook, JihadTubers have helped LeT with terror recruiting

Update: The key LeT's senior leader was taken out

An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation, in Watahpur district, Kunar province, yesterday.

The target of the operation was Khatab Shafiq, a Lashkar-e-Taiba leader. Khatab Shafiq was the LeT’s senior leader in Kunar province. He was responsible for several attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and provided money, weapons and training to insurgents in the region

Khatab Shafiq also established multiple insurgent training camps in eastern Afghanistan, where insurgents learned how to use mortars, rockets and machine guns. Most recently, he was involved with teaching insurgents how to build and emplace improvised explosive devices.

During the operation, the security force positively identified Khatab Shafiq among an armed group of insurgents. After determining there were no civilians in the area, the security force engaged the insurgents with a precision airstrike away from all civilian structures.

After the strike, the Afghan and coalition security force conducted a follow-on assessment and confirmed Khatab Shafiq, along with multiple other insurgents, had been killed.


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