Mumbai terrorists targeted Israelis to avenge "atrocities"

Other News Materials 30 November 2008 15:07 (UTC +04:00)

The only terrorist captured by Indian security agencies after the Mumbai siege has said that their mission specifically targeted Israelis to avenge the "atrocities" against Palestinians, a newspaper report said Sunday, dpa reported.

Azam Amir Kasab, 21, told the investigators that they targeted the Jewish Centre in the Nariman House in south Mumbai, where many Israelis come and stay during their visits to India, the Times of India report said.

Investigators have told the NDTV network that Kasab, a Pakistani national, had admitted he was a member of the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant organisation headquartered in Pakistan.

Sources also told the Times that Kasab's colleagues killed in the operation had stayed in the Nariman House earlier.

"They have stayed in the Nariman House on rental basis identifying themselves as Malaysian students," a source told the newspaper.

The police were trying to find out how Nariman House rooms were given to non-Jews. Police also took all the record books for their investigation.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Saturday said nine people - most of them Israelis - were killed at the Nariman House.

The ministry confirmed that Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who led the ultra-Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch movement in the Indian commercial capital, and his wife Rivka were among the dead.

Nariman House was targeted by suspected Islamist militants on Wednesday as part of a series of attacks on Mumbai which killed at least 183 people.