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26/11: Abu Jundal confesses role, links with Saeed

Parikshit Luthra CNN-IBN | June 26, 2012 07:45 am

New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Abu Jundal, who is in Delhi Police's custody, has confessed his active role in the Mumbai attacks, saying that Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed was present in the Karachi control room when the 26/11 masterminds choreographed the carnage.

During the interrogation, Abu Jundal has admitted to handling the attack on Nariman House during 26/11, IB sources told CNN-IBN. He has admitted that he was in the Karachi control room under the guidance of Saeed.

CNN-IBN has accessed details of Jundal's confession to the police. Jundal allegedly told the police that he was the one who trained the 10 terrorists.

Delhi police will keep Abu Jundal in custody till July 5. They are likely to seek remand and extend his custody till July 20. Sources say Abu Jundal is being questioned about every terror attack that has taken place in the country in the last six to seven years.

As per the details, Jundal was someone who was actually involved in guiding and directing the terrorists at every step during the Mumbai attack. Jundal has also admitted of travelling with Ajmal Kasab and other terrorists on the same boat to the Indian border.

The other crucial detail that the police have been questioning is that of his involvement in the activities of the Indian Mujahideen and his role in the Jama Masjid (New Delhi), German Bakery (Pune) and the Chinnaswamy stadium blast (Bangalore).

Sources say that the operation to nab Jundal was going on for the last several months and he was detained in Saudi Arabia in the first week of June. A team of Delhi Police and IB officials travelled to Saudi Arabia to bring him back to India.

Sources said that Indian agencies were working towards the deportation of another 26/11 conspirator but that didn't materialise. They were only able to get Abu Jundal.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to question Jundal in the next few days as well. They would like to cross question him about what David Coleman Headley had told them during questioning.

According to officials, Jundal was one of the five handlers present in the control room in Karachi. He was directing terrorists carrying out the Mumbai attacks at every step.

Jundal was also responsible for weapon training the terrorists and familiarising them with the Hindi language.

He was involved in a blast in Ahmedabad in 2006 and the Aurangabad arms haul the same year. He was named in the 26/11 chargesheet and was considered one of the most wanted.

Kasab's testimony to Mumbai police names Jundal for seeing off the 10 attackers at Pakistan shore. Abu Hamza, Abu Qaafa and Lakhvi were the others.

After the Aurangabad arms haul, Abu Jundal fled to Pakistan. There he became closely involved with the activities of the LeT and eventually started working towards plotting the 26/11 attacks. The Mumbai crime branch which is probing the attack will now be taking a voice sample to further confirm that he indeed was one of the handlers.

Quite contrary to high profile busts, the Delhi Police did not disclose much and stayed mum in this case. Sources said this was an operation managed at a diplomatic level and involved many central agencies.

Abu Jundal was an important LeT operative handling the groups operations in India. His arrest will be crucial not only for taking investigations into the Mumbai attacks forward but also for our agencies to find out the current structure, reach and plans of Pakistan-based terror groups. What they will also focus on is to find out what he was doing in Saudi Arabia for the last several months.

The US says it is playing its part in bringing the perpetrators of 26/11 to book. State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, "We have been doing what we can to share information and support the Indian efforts to bring folks to justice. We have a strong interest in the arrests, prosecution and conviction of all those responsible for the 26/11 attacks because our own citizens were among the victims. We have routinely provided access to David Headley when asked. And we will continue to make him available as appropriate."

Islamabad has also responded to Abu Jundal's arrest. The Spokesperson of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi issued a statement. "Pakistan has been at the forefront in the campaign against terror. As agreed at the highest level between Pakistan and India, terrorism is a common concern and counter-terrorism cooperation is in the mutual interest of both countries. Pakistan has renewed its offer of cooperation in this domain," it says.

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