Islamabad, The 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were reportedly monitored and managed live by planners from a rented house in the North Nazimabad neighbourhood of Karachi.
The attack carried out by 11 gunmen had killed 166 people in Mumbai.
The planners not only watched the terror unfold via cameras carried by the attackers, they provided them live instructions to engage Indian security personnel and inflict maximum damage, The Express Tribune quoted sources privy to investigations, as saying.
Pakistani and Indian investigation agencies have found as many as 35 people to be involved in the siege at landmarks in India’s financial capital while Indian authorities have been able to trace the exact location of the ‘base camp’ of the attack in Karachi, sources added, while discussing a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report on the attacks.
According to the report, these terror suspects provided logistic and financial support to the gunmen who carried out the attack.
The extensive report includes names of the captain and crew of boats that carried the attackers to Mumbai, financers of the operation, the facilitators in Karachi and those who provided logistical support and technology.
The attackers were purportedly trained at sea near Thatta and had even made preparatory trips to Mumbai, unnoticed by the Indian navy, sources added.
The investigations, however, refute claims made by Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley, one of the leading planners of the Mumbai attacks.
Headley had testified earlier that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had coordinated with each other for the attack, adding that the ISI had provided military and moral support to the group.