The terrorists involved in a 60-hour standoff in Mumbai used cocaine and other drugs to stay awake while they battled Indian commandos, the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper reported.
The gunmen, who reportedly received months of special marine training in Pakistan to prepare them for the attacks, also used steroids to strengthen themselves, the paper reported.
“These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heavy training for the attacks,” an official told The Telegraph. “This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep.”
The only terrorist to be captured alive after the siege said the group were members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taibat. At least 172 people were killed in the attacks.
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Terrorists who battled Indian commandos for 60-hours last week relied on cocaine and other stimulants to stay awake for the duration of the fight.
By Damien McElroy in Mumbai
The Telegraph (UK)
Officials said drug paraphernalia, including syringes, was recovered from the scene of the attacks, which killed almost 200 people.
The heavily built men, who had undergone training at a special marine camp established by the Lashkar-e-Taibat (LeT) terrorist group in Pakistan, had also used steroids to build a tougher physique.
“We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood,” said one official.
“There was also evidence of steroids, which isn’t uncommon in terrorists.
“These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heavy training for the attacks. This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep.”
One terrorist used the drugs to keep on fighting despite suffering a life-threatening injury.
Drugs are commonly used in India by workers in jobs where a lack of sleep is demanded, such as truck drivers and security guards.