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Mumbai Survivor: From Street Thug To International Terrorist

December 6, 2008

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the “Baby Faced Terrorist,” was a small time street criminal offered less than $2,000 to become an international terrorist and likely die in the process. All his fellow terrorists are dead.  Now he’s in prison and talking….

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By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer
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The lone gunman to survive the Mumbai terror attacks was a petty street thug from a dusty Pakistani outpost who was systematically programmed into a highly trained suicide guerrilla over 18 months in jihadist camps, India‘s top investigator into the attacks said Saturday.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 21, was one of the 10 men who came ashore on a small rubber raft Nov. 26, divided into five pairs and attacked some of Mumbai’s best known and most beloved landmarks.

In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, a gunman identified by police ...
In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, a gunman identified by police as Ajmal Qasab walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India. Qasab, the only gunman captured after a 60-hour terrorist siege of Mumbai said he belonged to a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, a senior police officer said Sunday Nov. 30, 2008.(AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D’souza, File)

Kasab and his partner rampaged through the city’s main train terminal, then shot up a police station and a hospital, carjacked a police van — killing the city’s counterterrorism chief and four other police inside — and stole a second car.

They finally were brought to a halt in a shootout that killed Kasab’s partner and left Kasab with bullet wounds in both hands and a minor wound in his neck, said Rakesh Maria, the chief police investigator on the case.

Photographs of Kasab walking calmly through the train station with his assault rifle made him a symbol of the attacks.

In the days since Kasab’s capture, police have repeatedly interrogated him about his background, his training and the details of the attack. Maria declined to divulge the interrogation methods, saying only that Kasab was “fairly forthcoming.”

Kasab said he was one of five children of Mohammed Amir Kasab, a poor street food vendor in the Pakistani town of Farid Kot, Maria said.

But residents of the impoverished town of 7,000 people, 90 miles south of the Pakistani city of Lahore, said they had never heard of Kasab or his father.

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