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28 July 2017 16:47 (South Africa)

Chicago man arrested as key figure in 2008 Mumbai attack

An American has been charged with helping plan the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 163 people, according to a just-unsealed justice department complaint. David Headley of Chicago, has been accused of helping identify targets for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET). The group attacked luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, a Jewish community centre and a crowded train station, bringing Mumbai to a virtual halt for several days. Headley’s scouting visits to the sites nearly two years before the attacks have reignited tensions between India and Pakistan. The complaint says Headley worked with Ilyas Kashmiri, regarded as one of the most dangerous Islamic militants operating in Pakistan’s restive tribal areas. Headley has roots in the US, but links to people in the Pakistani government and military. For more, read the New York Times

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