Arrested key plotter of 2008 Mumbai attacks Abu Jundal has made significant revelations in connection to the attack in the Indian city and said Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) co-founder Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi worried that the operation might be too big for them to handle.
Jundal made the revelations in his testimony to Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
"Jundal told the ATS that LeT commander Lakhvi was worried that 26/11 might be too big an operation to handle. He also told the ATS that LeT operative David Headley had visited the camp where the 26/11 attackers were undergoing training in 2008," India Today reported.
"Jundal revealed that Lakhvi, along with other handlers, watched the attack on Mumbai on TV at the control room in Karachi. He took stock of the situation on November 27 and realised that the attack had gone out of control. Fearing that there would be more problems, Lakhvi directed the terrorists at Oberoi and Taj hotels to set the buildings afire," it said.
Jundal said he met 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed .when the plot to attack Mumbai was in the early stage.
"According to Jundal´s testimony, once the plot was hatched, LeT trained 12 men to target strategic locations in Mumbai. However, on the eve of the attack, two of them got cold feet and dropped out," said India Today.
"The other 10 attackers then carried out the attacks on November 26, 2008 and seven LeT handlers were in constant touch with them," it said.
Last week, a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act ( MCOCA) court framed charges against Jundal.
Charges were framed against Jundal under different sections of MCOCA, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Explosive Substances Act and Arms Act.
"The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges and said he was not a member of the terror group," TOI reported.
Jundal, who arrested earlier this year from Saudi Arabia, has confessed that he served as a handler for the 10 Pakistani terrorists who launched the Nov 26 attacks on Mumbai in 2008, known as 26/11, killing at least 166 people.