Britain tipped off US over Mumbai attacks suspect?

Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 00:27

London: British authorities have claimed
that they had tipped off the Americans about David Coleman
Headley, arrested by the FBI for plotting attacks in India at
the Lashker-e-Toiba`s behest.

Quoting sources, a leading newspaper reported that
British authorities collected vital information that
identified Headley, a US citizen living in Chicago and also
known as Daood Gilani.

According to a US indictment, 49-year-old Headley,
arrested in October, was a freelance reconnaissance agent for
terrorist groups including LeT, the group behind the 26/11
Mumbai attacks.

British intelligence was responsible for the arrest of
another US terrorist suspect, Najibullah Zazi, 24, who was
allegedly planning attacks on the New York subway when he was
arrested in Denver in September.

Investigators in India are still trying to piece together
Headley`s activities in the run-up to the Mumbai strikes and
it was suspected that he did a recce of the attack sites.

While investigations continue into Headley`s activities
in India he has been charged in Chicago with a number of other
terrorist offences. He is accused of plotting an attack on the
culture editor and cartoonist who published caricatures of the
Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 00:27

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