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Kasab, others trained in Karachi for 45 days

July 21, 2009 17:06 IST
Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the captured terrorist in the 26/11 attacks, confessed that he and nine other terrorists were confined to a house in Karachi for 45 days where Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative Abu Hamza taught them how to navigate a boat.

Kasab said the house in which they were confined was the same building shown on the Pakistani news television channel Geo TV after the attacks.

"Geo TV ne jo dikhaya tha na Aatank ka Ghar keh kar... hum ko wahi par rakha tha dedh mahine ke liye. (The house shown by Geo TV as the 'House of Terror' was the same one where we were kept for one-and-a-half months)," Kasab told Special Judge M L Tahilyani.

When the judge asked Kasab how he knew that the house was shown on Geo TV, the terrorist replied, "Mujhe pata hai sir. (I know)."

Kasab said Hamza and another Lashkar operative Abu Kaahfa gave the terrorists lessons in navigating a boat and how to survive on a boat for a week. "The house was near a creek and we were also given ammunition, pistols and guns in a bag," he said.

After 45 days, Kasab and the others were taken to the creek where they boarded a boat called Al-Hussaini. Kasab said Lashkar operatives Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhwi, Abu Kaahfa and Abu Hamza were present to see them off at Karachi.

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