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Terrorists in Mumbai ‘wanted an Indian 9/11’

The terrorists who attacked Mumbai wanted to go down in history for an Indian 9/11, and were also inspired by the bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, media reports said.

By: Reuters | Mumbai |
November 29, 2008 3:50:15 pm

The terrorists who attacked Mumbai wanted to go down in history for an Indian 9/11, and were also inspired by the bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, media reports said.

They had planned every detail, knew the layout of the Taj Mahal and Trident Oberoi hotels they targeted, had commando-style training and even had snacks such as dry fruit stuffed in their backpacks.

The capture of one of the terrorists, a clean-shaven, fluent English-speaking 21-year-old from Pakistan according to reports, has highlighted the ambitious plans of the terrorist group.

“The entire idea was to replicate the JW Marriott at the Taj,” a TV channel reported, quoting a defence official present at the interrogation of Azam Amir Kasav.

He was referring to one of Pakistan’s worst bomb attacks, when a lorry packed with explosives all but destroyed the hotel in Islamabad and killed at least 55 people in September.

“They wanted to reduce the symbols of economic strength to rubble, the Taj and Trident, so they cannot be rebuilt. They talked of a 9/11 to bring down the buildings.”

Kasav, the militant reported to have been captured, confessed to being a member of Lashkar-e-Toiba.

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