We trained in Lashkar camps: Arrested terrorist

Mumbai attack

Interrogation of the lone gunman nabbed alive by the Mumbai Police after Wednesday's terror attacks has left investigators in little doubt that the unprecedented raid on the country's financial capital was the work of Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba.

According to details of the interrogation accessed by 'The Indian Express', the man has been identified as Azam Ameer Qasab, a 21-year-old Pakistan national and is believed to have admitted that he is a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative.

According to a statement recorded by the police following his arrest, Qasab is a resident of Faridkot in Chipalpura Taluka of Ukhad Zilla in Pakistan's Punjab. Qasam admitted that he was trained, along with several others, at two separate camps in Pakistan. The first camp lasted for close to three months and involved training in the use of firearms and explosives.

After a short break of a few weeks, the second camp focused on marine drills which were used by the attackers to land on the city's shores. During his training, he was also shown CDs with footage of different spots in Mumbai including some of the locations targeted, Qasam is believed to have said. "During his preliminary interrogation, Qasam said that the instructions given to them were to fire on sight with orders that the maximum possible number of people should die at their hands," said a police source who grilled Qasam.

"He explained the way in which they had hijacked a trawler with a crew of five in them. He said they forced one crew member, Amar Singh Nazam, to travel with them till they were four nautical miles from Badhwar Park, and then killed him. He did not reveal the names of the other terrorists to us and said they were all assigned code names," said the official.

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