Pak Navy trained Kasab: Headley reveals

In another indication of involvement of Pak, Headley corroborated Kasab`s statement.

Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 00:06 AM IST

New Delhi: In yet another indication of the
involvement of Pakistani establishment in the 26/11 Mumbai
attack, LeT operative David Headley has corroborated the
statement of lone captured terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab that the
terrorists got training from Pakistan Navy.

During his interrogation, Kasab confessed that the ten
terrorists, including himself, who attacked Mumbai received
training of swimming and underwater driving from the Pakistan
Navy`s Frogmen.

A frogman is someone who is trained to dive, swim and
combat.

"The role of frogmen was confirmed by Headley when the
Indian investigators interrogated him in the US last month,"
an official said.

This is being seen as another clear indicator of the
Pakistani establishment`s involvement in the planning and
execution of the Mumbai terror attack, which claimed 168
lives.

Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai had recently said that the
ISI was "literally controlling and coordinating the (Mumbai)
attack from beginning to end".

Pakistani-American Headley, currently in American custody,
was interrogated by a team of National Investigation Agency.

Officials said that the Indian investigators so far have
no plan to interrogate Headley`s accomplice Tahawwur Hussain
Rana, a Pakistani origin Canadian citizen, as his involvement
in the Mumbai attack conspiracy was limited to providing
finance.

"If necessary we may interrogate Rana also, though we have
no immediate plan to do so," an official said.

Headley has also told his interrogators that the Pakistani
intelligence agency had paid Rs 25 lakh to LeT to purchase a
boat which terrorists used to travel from Karachi to the
Pakistani maritime boundary, where they hijacked an Indian
fishing boat `Kuber` to reach Mumbai.

Headley also identified through voice sample test two ISI
officers believed to be constant contact with the terrorists
who carried out the 60-hour attack in Mumbai on November 26,
2008.

Officials said Indian investigators have information that
ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha had met
one of the handlers of the Mumbai attack, Sajjid Mir, who is
currently in a Pakistani jail.

"All this information have been shared by India with
Pakistan through the multiple dossiers given to it," the
official said.

-PTI