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Mumbai Authorities Believe They Have Found Terrorist Ringleader

December 02, 2008 02:22 PM
by Anne Szustek
A Mumbai police officer disclosed the identity of the man thought to have organized last Wednesday’s terrorist attacks that killed at least 172 in India’s financial capital.
An authority identified only as a “senior Indian police official” by The Wall Street Journal said that Yusuf Muzammil, the head of Islamic fundamentalist group Lashkar-e-Taiba’s terrorism operations against India, was the architect of last Wednesday’s Mumbai bombings.

Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist allegedly connected to the attacks to have been captured alive, testified to authorities that Muzammil was the chief organizer behind the bombings, and two of the leader’s deputies orchestrated the terrorist acts.

This information was apparently corroborated by evidence found on a satellite phone used on a fishing boat that was captured by the terrorists showing calls to these three men, as well as two others believed to be in Lashkar-e-Taiba’s leadership ranks.

India is eager is to improve its antiterrorism and investigative methods amid intense criticism about its lagging reaction time and prevention efforts in regard to last week’s Mumbai attacks.

“People are worried, but the key difference is anger. Does the government have the will, the ability to tackle the dangers we face?” said Rajesh Jain of the brokerage firm Pranav Securities, in an interview with the Associated Press, cited by findingDulcinea.

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