LeT failed twice in its attempt to hit Mumbai : David Headley

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The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists attempted to attack Mumbai twice before the 26/11 terror attacks, but failed on both occasions, LeT operative and approver David Coleman Headley told Mumbai Special Court on 8 February.

The first attempt to strike Mumbai was made in 2008, but the boat used by the terrorists did not reach Mumbai but hit rocks in the ocean, Headley said during a deposition. All weapons and explosives on board were lost, but the terrorists survived. The same group of terrorists made a second attempt in October. This time too they failed.

Referring to 26/11 terror attacks brains Sajid Mir as his ‘colleague’ in the LeT, Headley claimed he was a “true follower” of terror outfit LeT. Presently, he is serving 35 years in prison for his role in the Mumbai terror attacks. Mir had asked him to change his name from Dawood Gilani to David Coleman Headley, he told the court.

It may be recalled last year the Mumbai court had pardoned him after he turned approver.

Headley, 55, had visited Mumbai to recce targets before the terror attacks. He told court on 8 February that Mir had told him to shoot videos in Mumbai.

“For the first time in Indian legal history, a terrorist would unfold many hitherto hidden things behind the 26/11 terror attack through a video link,” said special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. He added, “Headley may give the broader aspect of criminal conspiracy, why it was hatched and the people behind it.”