India hangs 26/11 gunman Kasab

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab
New Delhi/Mumbai: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and sole surviving gunman of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Ajmal Kasab, today hanged at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune.

Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde informed that Kasab was executed at 7:30am (IST) Wednesday morning.

The execution came just five days before the fourth anniversary of carnage which took place in the year 2008.

Kasab was the only gunman captured alive by police. The Government of Pakistan initially denied that he was from Pakistan, but in January 2009, they officially accepted that he was a Pakistani citizen. On 3 May 2010, an Indian court convicted him of murder, waging war on India, possessing explosives, and other charges.

On 6 May 2010, the same trial court sentenced him to death on four counts and to a life sentence on five other counts. Kasab was sentenced to death for attacking Mumbai and killing 166 people on 26 November 2008 along with nine terrorists. He was found guilty of 80 offences, including waging war against the nation, which is punishable by the death penalty. Kasab's death sentence was upheld by the Bombay High Court on 21 February 2011. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of India on 29 August 2012.

The 26/11 attacks are considered as one of the biggest failures of Indian intelligence agencies.
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