Indiske etterforskere avdekker stadig mer om angrepet på Mumbai. Det siste er at en indisk muslim som ble vervet av Lashkar-e-Taiba, Faheem Ansari, drev rekognisering av egnede mål for over ett år siden. Ansari fant også trygge skjulesteder i Mumbai. Han ble arrestert i februar og har lagt alle kort på bordet.
Mumbai ble eksplisitt nevnt som et mål. At en indisk borger er involvert gjør at søkelyset også rettes mot indiske myndigheter.
Den eneste overlevende terroristen, Ajmal Amir Kasab, 21, har fortalt om sin trening i halvannet år forut for operasjonen. Han bekrefter at operasjonen ble planlagt og styrt av Lashkar-e-Taiba, og dets ledere: operativ leder Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, som rekrutterte ham, og Yusuf Muzammil, som de snakket med flere ganger på satellittelefon under angrepene.
The information sent investigators back to another reputed Lashkar operative, Faheem Ansari, who they hope could be key in pulling together different strands of the investigation.
Ansari, an Indian national, was arrested in February in north India carrying hand-drawn sketches of hotels, the train terminal and other sites that were later attacked in Mumbai, said Amitabh Yash, director of the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh police.
During his interrogation, Ansari also named Muzammil as his handler in Pakistan, adding that he trained in a Lashkar camp in Muzaffarabad — the same area where Kasab said he was trained, a senior police officer involved in the investigation said.
Ansari «told us about a planned Lashkar attack on Bombay, on southern Bombay,» said Yash, referring to Mumbai by its previous name. «He gave us eight or nine specific locations where the attack would be carried out,» he said, adding that Ansari had detailed sketches of the places and escape routes from the sites.
Ansari said he carried out the reconnaissance in the fall of 2007, which also included the U.S. consulate, the Bombay stock exchange and other Mumbai sites that were not attacked.
Ansari is now in Indian custody, according to Yash. It was unclear if he was being questioned again, but Maria said they were working to determine if Ansari played a role in how the attackers «got such intricate knowledge of the sites.»
Yash said during extensive interrogations Ansari confessed to scouting Mumbai, arranging a safe-house there for Lashkar militants and provided details on his involvement in the group. «We got everything out of him, whatever he knew,» he said.
Ansari linked up with Lashkar while working at a printing press in Dubai. He was taken by sea to Pakistan to the Lashkar camp in Muzaffarabad and received a false Pakistani passport and citizenship papers, which police recovered when he was arrested.
In 2007, Ansari said, he traveled to Katmandu, Nepal, and then crossed back into India and settled in Mumbai, where he conducted reconnaissance for a future attack, Yash said.
He was arrested Feb. 10 in the northern city of Rampur after suspected Muslim militants attacked a police camp, killing eight constables. He said he was there to collect weapons to bring to Mumbai for a future attack.
Selv om Ansari ble arrestert, kansellerte ikke Lashkar-e-Taiba operasjonen, de endret bare planene.