"Keep your phone switched on," a handler instructs a gunman by phone in the midst of the Mumbai siege, "so that we can hear the gunfire." (more here)
"Inflict the maximum damage… Brother, you have to fight. This is a matter of prestige of Islam!"
‘Kill them’: transcripts of Mumbai terrorist calls emerge Times Online (hat tip wolf)
The gunmen received constant orders and news from handlers believed to be in Pakistan
Rhys Blakely in Mumbai
Chilling telephone conversations between the Mumbai gunmen and their handlers emerged yesterday from an Indian dossier of evidence linking the attacks to Pakistan.
During the atrocities a gunman in the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai told his commander, believed to have been in Pakistan: "We have three foreigners, including women." The response was plain and brutal: "Kill them."
Gunshots than rang out, followed by cheers, according to a leaked transcript of the intercepted call.
The details emerged as the Pakistani Government admitted for the first time that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole gunman to be captured alive during the attacks, which left more than 170 people dead, had links to the country. "He has links to Pakistan but the investigation is ongoing," Sherry Rehman, the Information Minister, said.
The Indian dossier also describes how the Pakistan-based handlers ordered another team of gunmen who had seized Nariman House, an ultra-orthodox Jewish outreach centre, to execute their hostages.
"If you are threatened immediately kill them," one handler said. "If the hostages are killed, it will spoil relations between India and Israel."
The gunman replied: "So be it, allaha akbar" Six Jewish foreigners, including a rabbi and his wife, were shot dead inside the building.
Those giving the orders are alleged to be senior members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Pakistan-based terrorist faction that Indian officials believe still has the support of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence. They include Zarar Shah, the LeT’s communications chief, who has been arrested in Pakistan and is believed to have admitted his role to Pakistani investigators. "He played a major part," Rakesh Maria, the officer in charge of the police investigation in Mumbai, said.
The calls were part of a dossier handed to Pakistan’s high commission in Delhi on Monday. "The commanders in Pakistan are following events on television and are issuing real-time instructions; telling the gunmen to target certain nationalities and religions; to maximise casualties; not to touch Muslims. This is hands-on direction," a senior Indian government official told The Times.
COALITION FOR PEACE
DEMONSTRATION AT WHITE HOUSE ON JAN. 20TH
SUB: REQUEST TO JOIN IN DEMONSTRATION DURING
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA PARADE ON JAN. 20TH AT
LAFAYETTE PARK NE (quadrant) (near WHITE HOUSE),
IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Some Hindu groups from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia have planned to stage a demonstration at Lafayette Park (in front of White House), in Washington, D.C. under the banner of Coalition for Peace, during the inaugural ceremony of President Barack Obama, from 12:00 noon to 04:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
The purpose of this demonstration is to create an awareness about the menace of terrorism.
In this connection, we are working with some Jewish and Christian groups in New York and Washington, D.C. You will be happy to know that we are getting a very encouraging response from them. Some of them have given us their undertaking that they would be glad to participate in this terrorism awareness campaign.
More than two million people are expected to participate in the Celebration. We will carry banners urging/requesting President Barack Obama to declare Pakistan a Terrorist Sate; stop Iran from making nuclear weapons; stop Saudi Arabia from funding terrorism; stop Pakistan’s double game with USA; seize Saudi Arabian assets for crimes against humanity; stop repeat of Mumbai terror attack anywhere in the world; Nuclear Pakistan is a threat to whole world; etc.
Since Radical Islam, political Islam, jihad, terrorism, or whatever you may call it, has assumed an alarmingly dangerous worldwide proportion, it is absolutely essential that the US, the only Super Power of the world, under the Presidentship of Barack Obama should take a lead in exterminating terrorism from the face of Earth.
We believe that this could be an appropriate occasion for us to draw the attention of the media to the menace of radical Islamic terrorism.
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