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Taleban vow to attack Indian targets

Taleban threatened to attack Indian targets to avenge the country’s execution of Kasab, the lone survivor of the squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008.

By Reuters

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Published: Thu 22 Nov 2012, 1:20 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:48 PM

Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, was hanged on Wednesday amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the Nov. 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between Pakistan and India.

“We have decided to target Indians to avenge the killing of Ajmal Kasab,” said Taleban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Ehsan demanded that India return Kasab’s body.

“If they don’t return his body to us or his family we will capture Indians and will not return their bodies,” he said, adding that the Taleban will try to strike Indian targets “anywhere”.

Kasab was charged with 86 offences, including murder and waging war against the Indian state, in a charge-sheet running to more than 11,000 pages. It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004.

There was celebration on the streets of Mumbai and other cities as news of the execution spread, but militant groups in Pakistan reacted angrily, as did residents of his home village of Faridkot. People set off fireworks and handed out sweets in Indian cities. Some held up photos of Kasab with a rope noose superimposed over his head.



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