Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

In unconfirmed raid, Pakistan seizes Mumbai attack ringleader

Next Previous

Page 3 of 5

About these ads

The Times (of London) reported that the raid occurred about three miles outside Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. The paper had the following details about Lakhvi:

Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, was also a founder of LeT and has operated under several aliases as the group's supreme operational commander. US officials said that he had directed the group's operations in Kashmir, Chechnya, Bosnia and Iraq.
Also known as Abdullah Azam, he comes from Okara district in Pakistan's central province of Punjab, which is also where Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only militant captured in the Mumbai attacks, was born and raised.
Indian investigators say Kasab has identified Lakhvi as one of his LeT contacts and admitted to undergoing training at several militant camps in Pakistan, including one near Muzaffarabad.

Dawn, an English-language Pakistani newspaper, reported that similar raids were planned in Punjab, further south. It ran more details on the raid in Kashmir from eyewitnesses.

Local residents, however, said they had seen army personnel taking control of the area along Shawai Nullah, some five kilometers northwest of Muzaffarabad, where the organization possesses a large plot of land on which several buildings had been built....
"I saw an army helicopter hovering over the area and around 5pm I heard two or three loud explosions," a woman who lives in the area told Dawn on phone.
Next Previous

Page 3 of 5

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.