Headley Was 'Very Pleased' by Mumbai Attacks

Chicago, May 25 (IANS) A key plotter of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistani American David Coleman Headley, has testified that he was very pleased with the carnage by Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Testifying as prosecution's star witness in the trial of his one time friend, Pakistan born Canadian Tahawwur Rana, Headley said Tuesday that he learned about the attacks in Mumbai through a text message telling him to turn on the TV.

Asked by prosecutor Daniel Collins what he thought about the news coverage, Headley said in his monotone voice: "I was pleased."

Headley testified that when he met Rana in Chicago on his return to the US Dec 8, 2008, they discussed the attacks.

"I said to him, 'Now we're even with India'," Headley said. Rana said "'They deserved it'," Headley testified.

Headley also claimed he told Rana all about the terrorist attack plot five months before it was carried out, including a strategy of shooting hostages to prevent any struggles and then beheading them later, to which Rana replied, "Good," according to Headley.

Rana, 50, even met in Dubai Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, also known as "Pasha", a retired Pakistani Army major tied to the bombings, weeks before the attack, Headley said in response to a question from Collins.

Headley went over extensive e-mails he shared with Rana as well as Sajid Mir, the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, and a Pakistani intelligence agency official who is also believed to have directed the attacks.

After the attacks, Syed even asked Headley via e-mail if Rana was "terrified or relaxed" by the bloodshed.

Rana was "very relaxed," Headley said. He was trying to get Headley to calm down since Headley was nervous about being apprehended.

Rana told Headley he had "nothing to fear but God," according to the e-mail.


Top Stories

Leave a Comment

Title: Headley Was 'Very Pleased' by Mumbai Attacks

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. Daijiworld.com will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will Daijiworld.com be held responsible.