Amerikansk og indisk etterretning har identifisert de to lederne i Lashkar-e-Taiba som dirigerte Mumbai-terroristene. Satellitt-telefonen som var etterlatt på fiskebåten de kapret inneholder de samme numrene som ble ringt med mobiltelefonene til de drepte gislene på Oberoi og Taj-hotellet.
Numrene går til Yusuf Muzammil og Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Pakistan har etterlyst bevis på pakistansk tilknytning. Det har de nå fått. Numrene som ble ringt er i begge tilfeller til de to lederne.
Indian and American intelligence officials have already identified a Lashkar operative, who goes by the name Yusuf Muzammil, as a mastermind of the attacks. On Thursday, Indian investigators named one of the most well-known senior figures in Lashkar, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
Even before the attackers landed on Mumbai’s shores, Mr. Lakhvi, the Lashkar commander, who is normally based in Kashmir, helped organize the plot from Karachi for the last three months, said a Pakistani official in contact with Lashkar.
The gunmen also kept in contact with their handlers in Pakistan with cellphones as they rounded up guests at the two hotels, officials say.
The attackers left a trail of evidence in a satellite phone they left behind on the fishing trawler they hijacked near Karachi at the start of their 500-mile journey to Mumbai.
The phone contained the telephone numbers of Mr. Muzammil, Mr. Lakhvi and a number of other Lashkar operatives, according to a report on the Mumbai siege released Thursday by M. J. Gohel and Sajjan M. Gohel, two security analysts who direct the Asia-Pacific Foundation in London.
The numbers dialed on the phone found on the trawler used to call Mr. Muzammil matched the numbers on the cellphones recovered from the Taj and Oberoi hotels, the report said.
Nå reises igjen muligheten for at det var fem menn ombord på båten som forlot Karachi. Nyheten om at indisk politi arresterte et indisk Laskhar-medlem i februar som hadde rekognosert terrormål i India, tyder på en planlagt kampanje.
Stadig nye detaljer avslører operasjonens brutalitet. Terroristene var ikke bare opptatt av nasjonalitet og religon. Ved et tilfelle ville de også vite om hvilken kaste de tilhørte.
Based on evidence found on the trawler, it was possible that five other men were involved in the plot and were still at large, the report said.
In one of the hotels, a gunman asked several Indian guests what caste they belonged to and what state they came from, said an official who interviewed the guests.
Once the attacker found out these details, he then called someone believed to be Mr. Muzammil, who was also identified by the surviving gunman and who was in Lahore, according to phone records recovered by investigators.
The surviving guests said the attacker told the person on the other end of the phone the guests’ details and asked whether they should be killed or not.
At one point, a guest said one of the calls seemed to be a conference call with two people on the other end.
Once the calls were finished, the attacker moved the small group of guests, who did not know what their fate would be, into a room. When the attackers became distracted by tear gas fired by the police, the hostages managed to escape.
In another instance, the gunmen forced a Singaporean hostage at the Oberoi hotel, Lo Hwei Yen, to call her husband in Singapore. She told him that the hostages were demanding that Singaporean officials tell India not to try a rescue operation. The next day, Ms. Lo was killed, the foundation’s report said.
Investigators found that after the gunmen killed her, they used the phone she had called her husband with, the report said.
«The worrying scenario is that Muzammil may have ordered her execution along with two other hostages that were found murdered in the same room,» the report said.