Demanding the body of Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani Taliban has threatened to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of the lone survivor of the militant squad responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
"We have decided to target Indians to avenge the killing of Ajmal Kasab. If they don't return his body to us or his family, we will capture Indians and will not return their bodies," The Express Tribune quoted Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, as saying. He added that the Taliban will try to strike Indian targets "anywhere".
Pakistan-born Kasab was hanged amid great secrecy in Pune's Yerwada jail at 7:30 am on Wednesday, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his appeal for mercy.
Kasab was sentenced to death in May 2010 after he was found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.
He appealed in the Supreme Court claiming he did not receive a fair trial, but his petition was struck down in August.
During the 2008 attacks, heavily armed gunmen stormed targets in Mumbai including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a hospital and a bustling train station. (ANI)