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Tech trail in 26/11: GPS had 50 Karachi spots,Pak phones and payment in Italy

State-of-the art communication technology used by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to plan,launch and execute the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai,ironically,is set to be the strongest evidence.....

State-of-the art communication technology used by the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists to plan,launch and execute the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai,ironically,is set to be the strongest evidence in the trial of the case and also bare to the world the role of its Pakistan-based organisers and their global reach. Security sources said the volume of such evidence is unprecedented compared to other terrorist attacks across the country.

The 11,280-page chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police in the case today heavily relies on evidence gleaned from mobile phones,satphone,GPS devices,e-mail IDs used by the attackers and their handlers as well as DNA samples. There is also the trail of financial transactions through international telecom platforms.

Consider these:

Terrorists used Indian mobile phone numbers 9819464530,9820704561 and 9910719424. These numbers received calls from +12012531824 and outgoing calls were made to +43720880764,+43720880767 and +43720880768,the chargesheet says.

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Investigations revealed these numbers were connected to an account created with New Jersey-based Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service provider Callphonex. On October 20 and 21,2008,an individual identifying himself as Kharak Singh secured the Callphonex account claiming to be a VOIP reseller in India,and the police have tracked two payments that were made to Callphonex for the account.

n On October 27,an initial payment of $250 was wired to Callphonex via Money Gram with and Mohammed Ishfaq identified as the sender. Ishfaq used Money Gram agent Paracha International Exchange located on Anarkali Fayazuddin Road in Lahore and Money Gram records show he provided the address: Mall Awn post office in Peshawar’s Gujar tehsil and telephone number 03455698566.

n The second payment of $229 was wired to Callphonex via Western Union Money Transfer by Javed Iqbal,who used the agent Madina Trading located in Brescia in Italy. For identification,Iqbal provided the agent a Pakistani passport with the number KC092481.

n The accused used e-mail id kharak_telco@yahoo.com while communicating with Callphonex. This e-mail id was accessed from at least 10 IP addresses. The Cyber Cell of the Crime Branch secured details of these addresses and their locations are shown to be in Lahore,Chicago,Kuwait,Moscow,Rawalpindi and Gulberg in Pakistan.

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n The Crime Branch tracked the IMEI numbers of the mobile handsets used by the terrorists and found they were manufactured at the Nokia Factory in Dong Guan in China and shipped to vendors United Mobile and 12 Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in Pakistan. The latter is located at 2nd Floor,Executive Tower,Dolmen City,Block 4,Clifton,Karachi.

n GPS handsets used by the terrorists were sent to the FBI for analysis. The track-back list of one of the GPS sets from the Taj Mahal Hotel shows coordinates of 50 places in Karachi and waypoints retrieved from another set seized from the hotel show coordinates of six places between Badhwar Park and Café Leopold in Mumbai. Another set recovered from MV Kuber shows the entire route traveled from Karachi to Mumbai.

n Fingerprint experts lifted “chance fingerprints” on board M V Kuber,and one such print lifted from the left glass door of the vessel’s cabin room matches Kasab’s fingerprint. Forensic experts also matched pink foam pieces recovered from MV Kuber with foam pieces from the unexploded IEDs recovered by the police.

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n The police have also traced the Arges brand hand grenades used by the terrorists to Wah Nobel Co.,an ordinance factory in Wah,Pakistan.

First published on: 26-02-2009 at 03:28:38 am
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