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Kasab, aides got local help: US think tank

Kasab, aides got local help: US think tank

Author: Kartikeya
Publication: The Times of India
Date: March 14, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Mumbai/Kasab-aides-got-local-help-US-think-tank/rssarticleshow/4262336.cms

In a testimony given to the US government's House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, influential US think-tank and research organisation, RAND Corporation, has said the 26/11 carnage "relied upon crucial domestic assistance'' though the main perpetrators were of Pakistani origin.

Mumbai police has maintained that the involvement of locals in the terror attack was limited to the role played by two alleged Indian Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives-Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin. They have been charged with making the maps used to mount the attack. RAND said "their maps, perhaps more so than the use of GPS devices, likely guided the terrorists' movements through Mumbai''.

Referring to LeT's close association with domestic terror groups like the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the think-tank said, "The LeT had demonstrated in the past that it relied upon SIMI and local smuggling rings to move large amounts of weapons and explosives by sea."

RAND said Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone arrested gunman, is an exception to the general LeT cadre's profile as he is a Std IV dropout. "Most LeT operatives have completed secondary school with good grades,'' the testimony said. RAND also drew attention to the fact that counter-terrorism forces in Mumbai were "undermined by the media coverage". But the "Indian government did not limit the televised images of the attack'', the testimony noted.

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