Chicago: Mumbai attacks conspirator and LeT operative David Coleman Headley on Wednesday told a US court that he had surveyed the German Bakery in Pune and identified Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which could be bombed. Agencies
Testifying during the trial of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Mumbai attack co-accused, Headley said that he made a video of the German Bakery which was bombed on February 13, 2010 killing at leat 17 people and injuring 60 others.
While Headley was under arrest by FBI, the German Bakery was attacked.
Headley, who ended his testimony, said that he had made a list of Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which could be targeted.
The German Bakery is located near the Chabad House and an Osho Ashram in Pune. The German Bakery blast was a part of the Karachi Project- an LeT project with the Indian Mujahideen.
Earlier Headley had told FBI that he did not carry out surveillance of the Bakery, but later confessed to the Indian agents of National Investigation Agency that he had conducted its surveillance.
50-year-old Headley has pleaded guilty to 12 terrorism charges related to the deadly 26/11 attacks and other plots in the wake of his 2009 arrest here.
Headley also said that he had plans to write a book and make a movie on the events in his life. Rana's lawyer Patrick Blegen said that Headley had told several people including his wife so.
"If I write a book, I can make huge amounts of money," Headley said.
The Pakistani-American said that he made a "fool" of Rana by involving him in the 26/11 Mumbai attack conspiracy.
"I made a fool of him (Rana). Poor fellow was stuck in this for no fault of his. I made a fool of him in getting to assist me on what I did. I made a fool of him," Headley told Rana's lawyer.
While Headley has pleaded guilty, Rana has maintained that he is not guilty in the charge of "support to terrorism".
Defence attorneys said Headley lied to the law enforcement agencies and implicated Rana in the plot in a bid to save his life.
Headley was cross-examined by lawyers of Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani-origin who is standing trial at a Chicago court here after being slapped with a dozen charges in connection with the Mumbai attacks in which 166 persons were killed.
The defence lawyers said Headley lived multiple lives and used his friend over the years. Rana and Headley met as teenagers at a Pakistani military school.
Headley conceded that he was secretly researching on Internet at Rana's house.
"As expected this guy has a very troubled history and past," Blegen said.
"It's my sense that he answered the questions affirmatively because we had a stack of papers to contradict him.
"He lied before in the past," Blegen said
Headley expressed remorse at the killing of Indian people at the trial.
"You are remorseful for what you have done?", asked Blegen.
"Yes, I feel bad about my grievances and the way I went to address them," Headley said.
Notably, Headley has asked his wife to read the Bible along with the Quran while he is in prison.
He is testifying against alleged co-conspirator Rana in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and extradition to India, Pakistan or Denmark.
The trial is expected to last till June 15. If convicted Rana faces a possible life sentence.
These groups have "helped the Pakistani security forces keep the anti-government tribal fighters, including the Wazirs, at bay", the report said.
In the past few years, slain Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud and his successor Hakimullah Mehsud launched a "war against the Pakistani security forces with the
help of the Mehsud tribe, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and some other sectarian groups".
The killing of Osama bin Laden in a US raid in Abbottabad on May 2 strengthened American decision to pull out its troops from Afghanistan and political advisers like US Vice President
Joe Biden have advised President Barack Obama "not to go against the withdrawal roadmap" announced in 2009 if he wants to save the US economy from disastrous effects, the report said.
The deadline and increased pressure on Pakistan for a military operation in North Waziristan before starting the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan will serve several purposes, the report claimed.
The killing or arrest of some of the most wanted terrorists by Pakistani and US security forces will "boost the morale of the American people".
Such a move will also shut up critics who "might say the withdrawal decision was taken by an exhausted nation and a defeated military".
"On the other hand, the Haqqani network and the al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders, allegedly based in Pakistan, and guiding the Afghan Taliban to fight the foreign forces, would not claim the US withdrawal their success," the report said.
Chicago: Mumbai attacks conspirator and LeT operative David Coleman Headley on Wednesday told a US court that he had surveyed the German Bakery in Pune and identified Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which could be bombed.