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LeT wanted to attack Danish newspaper: Headley

International pressure in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks led Lashkar-e-Taiba to abandon its plan to attack a Danish newspaper in retaliation to the publication of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed.



Chicago: International pressure in the
aftermath of the Mumbai attacks led Lashkar-e-Taiba to abandon its plan to attack a Danish newspaper in retaliation to the publication of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed, David Coleman
Headley told a court Wednesday.

Deposing before a federal court in Chicago, Mumbai
attacks suspect David Headley, said he was told by one of his
handlers in Pakistan, Sajid Mir, during a visit to Lahore in
2009 that after 26/11, LeT wants to postpone the Denmark
operation, which was being planned on the lines of the Mumbai
carnage.

The reason being, explained Headley, "Lashkar was
under a lot of scrutiny and at that time they wanted to lay
low. As a result, the LeT indefinitely postponed the Denmark
operation."

However, when Headley went to meet Illyas Kashmiri,
another one of his handlers, in Waziristan in February 2009,
he told him to carry out the Denmark operation as soon as
possible.

"Kashmiri said it was very important that this attack be carried out ASAP," Headley said.
Referring to the surveillance videos of various
locations in Copenhagen carried out by him, Kashmiri praised
him. He also sought Headley`s advice on how to carry out the
attack.

"He (Kashmiri) called the cartoons as disgraceful,"
Headley said and added that Kashmiri wanted to drop a truck of
explosives inside the building of the newspaper, to which he
suggested that that was not a viable option because of the
barricades on the way to the building.

The statements formed part of the testimony of
Headley, co-accused in the Mumbai attack who has pleaded
guilty, during the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tawahhur Rana,
another co-accused.
Responding to questions from federal prosecutors,
Headley said that Kashmiri and Pasha, another one of his
Pakistani handlers, told him about an elaborate plan to carry
out the attack on the Danish newspaper in Copenhagen with his
men who are based in London.

"He (Kashmiri) told me that he has spoken to the
people (in England) who would carry out the operation. He gave
me about Rs 80,000 for personal expenses and discussed various
issues about the Denmark project," Headley said.

Like Mumbai, Kashmiri wanted to a "stronghold"
approach, meaning fighting to the death and before the
operation, he wanted some kind of "martyrdom videos" of the
attackers be recorded, Headley informed the judges.

According to Headley, Kashmiri told him that he
expected the Copenhagen attack not to last as long as the
Mumbai-one did.

The western forces would not be "as incompetent and
timid as Indians" and that the response would not last very
long, he said.
Kashmiri and Pasha had also planned that the terrorist
would take people hostage, shoot them and then behead them and
throw their heads from the windows. He talked about the idea
of holding hostages. He said shoot them first and then behead
them later.

It is at this meeting that Kashmiri told Headley that
he has arranged for the "murderers" in London.

In June 2009, when Headley returned to Chicago, he
shared the information that he had from Kashmiri with Tahawwur
Hussein Rana.

"All that has been discussed was shared with Rana,"
Headley said.

"It is a good idea, he agreed," Headley noted.

PTI

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