Monday, Dec 01, 2008
At least five terrorist gunmen have evaded capture in Mumbai and could make a secondary strike on India’s financial capital, it was feared today.
The prospect of more killers being at large added to mounting public anger at the Indian Government’s lax handling of the worst terror strike to hit the country in 15 years.
As the city slowly moved towards normality, Indian security forces claimed that just ten militants – nine of whom were killed and one caught alive – were behind the series of co-ordinated attacks that claimed nearly 200 lives. Rakesh Maria, joint commissioner of police, crime branch, said: “Their plan was just to cause maximum damage and return with hostages protecting themselves.”
However, a hijacked Indian fishing boat used by the gunmen had equipment for 15 men on board when it was discovered adrift off the city shore – suggesting that several gunmen could still be at large.
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“Fifteen winter jackets were found, fifteen toothbrushes,” a police source said. “That more terrorists are loose is possible”.
Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole gunman caught alive, said during police questioning that 24 men were trained in camps in Pakistan for the mission, according to a leaked account of his police interrogation. He has apparently since claimed, however, that only ten made the final trip to Bombay, including him. Police are continuing to question the baby-faced 21-year-old, who has said that he and his accomplices planned to kill 5,000.people.
This article was posted: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm