One ‘Major Iqbal' is among four more Pakistani conspirators charged by the U.S. prosecutors with carrying out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack at the behest of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
In a second superseding indictment filed by federal prosecutors before a court here on Monday, the other three were identified as Sajid Mir, Mazhar Iqbal and Abu Qahafa.
The indictment also mentioned an unnamed individual “Lashkar Member D.”
Mentioned in dossier
The dossier India gave to Pakistan in February, 2010 named ‘Major Iqbal' and ‘Major Samir Ali' for their suspected involvement in the Mumbai attacks. It was handed over during the Foreign Secretary-level talks on February 25 in New Delhi.
It is believed that the role of ‘Major Iqbal' emerged during the interrogation by the FBI of U.S. terror suspect David Coleman Headley, arrested here in October, 2009 in connection with the Mumbai attack.
The four men identified were previously mentioned but not named in the indictments that charged Headley and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana in connection with the Mumbai attack that which killed 166 people, including six Americans.
‘Handler' for Headley
Sajid Mir was associated with the LeT and he supervised others linked with the outfit. He served as a “handler” for Headley, who has confessed to his involvement in the Mumbai attack, and others who were directed to carry out actions relating to planning, preparing for and carrying out the terror strikes on behalf of the LeT. While Abu Qahafa was an associate with the LeT, who trained others in combat techniques for use in terror attacks; Mazhar Iqbal and ‘Lashkar Member D' were LeT commanders
‘Major Iqbal' participated in planning and funding attacks carried out by the LeT in Mumbai, the federal prosecutors said. . — PTI