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Abu Hamza admits role in 26/11 attacks

In an unprecedented case of deportation from Saudi Arabia to India, Syed Zubiuddin, one of India’s most wanted terrorists, who is accused providing support to the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, was apprehended and sent to police custody in New Delhi. He was deported from Saudi Arabia on 21 June.

During interrogation, Zabiuddin admitted his active role in the 26/11 attack, saying he had worked in close tandem with the terror mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. He confessed his role in the country’s worst terror attack and admitted that he was present in the Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT] control room in Karachi and was giving direction to the 10 terrorists who carried out the strike.

He took a particular name and his specific task in executing the 26/11 attack. The interrogators suspect that this person was an ISI officer who was closely involved in executing the terror strike.

According to police sources, Zubiuddin, who used the aliases of Zabi Ansari, Asif, Riyasat Ali Khan Mohammed, Abu Jundal and Abu Hamza, was taken into custody from the Indira Gandhi International Airport on 21 June after which he was produced in the Tis Hazari courts. He was then sent to police custody till 7 July.

The police officials said that the accused, an Indian Mujahideen member, who is also suspected to have links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, used several names to hide his identity, and a red corner notice had been issued against him in connection with the Mumbai 26/11 case. ‘A non-bailable warrant had also been issued against him on June 2 and his name was also mentioned in the chargesheet which had been filed by the Delhi Police in connection with the apprehension of eleven men of IM module across India,’ a sources said.

The arrest of Zubiuddin, who is believed to be an India expert and central to the operations of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, will help security agencies learn more about the workings of these terror groups. Zabiuddin has also been accused of being involved in the training of the gunmen who participated in the Mumbai terror strikes.

Meanwhile, Mumbai ATS is also looking to get custody of Zubiuddin whom they believe would help in joining several dots in their own investigations of the case.
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