– MUMBAI TRAINS BOMBING – [MUMBAI 7/11]
On 07/11/2006, at about 18:00 local time, 8 bombs explodes, almost simultaneously, in the first class wagons of passenger trains in Mumbai area. Mumbai is the economical capital of India.
The blasts caused the death of over 190 people and 700 more were wounded. The Indian Authority blamed, from the start of the investigation the Pakistani-backed terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba. A spokesman for Lashkar-e-Toiba, Abdullah Ghaznavi, denied the group was involved.
The investigation revealed that all the trains passed through one central station – Kahr where the perpetrators scattered, with their bombs in the Mumbai railway system.
All the bombs were made from high quality Military explosive R.D.X placed in a pressure coockers, left behind and detonated with an electric alarm watch system. Most of the explosives were smuggled to India, through Bangladesh, by the Pakistani Mohammad Ehsaanullah, who was not, yet, caught.
Similar R.D.X was seized from a Lashkar-e-Toiba affiliated group in mid 05/2006 in Western India’s Maharashtra State. Mumbai is its capital.
Following the attack a spokesmen for Al Qaeda, who identified himself as Abu al-Hadeed, called on the web to all Muslims in India to rise up against the Indian infidel regime.
In the first 24 hours after the attack the Indian police arrested about 350 known as Islamic militants, to establish a direction in the investigation. Most of the 350 detainees were later released without any charges. Among the detainees the brothers Faizal Sheikh and Muzammil Sheikh, who were suspected of leading Lashkar-e-Toiba in Mumbai. Both were put on trial on 08/21/2007.
On 07/19/2006 the Indian police arrested three suspects in direct involvement in the attack. Mohammed Khalid Aziz and Kamal Ahmed Ansari were arrested in the Eastern state of Bihar’s Madhubani district. The third, Mumtaz Ahmed Chowdhury, was nabbed in Mumbai. The three were identified as former SIMI – Students Islamic Movement of India, a militant organization with ties to the Pakistani intelligence – ISI, which was banned on 09/28/2001. Eventually only Kamal Ahmed Ansari was charged for his role in the Mumbai 7/11 attack.
Police also arrested Asif Bashir Khan, alias Junaid, a senior operative of Lashkar-e-Toiba in Mumbai and Naveed Hussain Khan, who allegedly planted a bomb in Khar train station. They were put on trial on 08/21/2007.
Abdul Karim Tunda, one of Indian’s most wanted terrorists, was arrested in Kenya and extradited to India on suspicions of involvement in the Mumbai 7/11. Abdul Karim Tunda was not charged for having a role in the attack.
On 08/21/2007 the trial of 13 suspects in direct involvement in the Mumbai Trains Bombing began in Mumbai. The 13 are: Faizal Sheikh and Asif Bashir Khan the ringleaders, Mohammed ALI, Majid Mohammed Shafi, Sajid Margub Ansari, Kamal Ahmed Ansari, Ehteshaam Siddiqui, Zameer Shaikh, Sohail Shaikh, Muzammil Sheikh, Dr Tanvir Ansari, Naveed Hussain and Abdul Wahid Din Shaikh.
* Azam Cheema – the direct commander of the attack, managed to flee India and his whereabouts are, today (01/2008), unknown.
* One offender known as Salim was killed in the Mumbai Trains Bombing. Another offender, Abu Osama, died in a police encounter in 08/2006.
* 11 Pakistanis, operatives of Lashkar-e-Toiba, infiltrated to India in order to facilitate the attack. 5 entered India through Nepal and six through Bangladesh, including Mohammad Ehsaanullah, who brought with him most of the R.D.X explosive used in the Mumbai Trains Bombing.
* The Mumbai Trains Bombing, also known as the Mumbai 7/11, was committed by a network of 28 Islamic militants, many of them former SIMI members with ties to the Pakistani Intelligence and support from Lashkar-e-Toiba. 13 suspects were put on trial on 08/21/2007. 13 including the ringleader Azam Cheema managed to escape from India back to Pakistan and are today (01/2008) still at large. Two were killed. India has no proof that the Pakistani – ISI indeed initiated in some way the attack. ISI is indirectly involved by providing, in the past, general support to Lashkar-e-Toiba and SIMI.
* Eventually, the case was fully solved only after the Mumbai-Arrests, on 09/24/2008. The prime suspect in the attack, Rahil Abdul-Rehman Sheikh, was never caught.
* An Indian court in the western Indian city of Mumbai has sentenced, on Wednesday 09/30/2015, five people to death over the 2006 serial bombings of commuter trains. The five are; Ehtesham Sidduiqui, Asif Bashir Khan, Faizal Shaikh, Naveed Hussain Khan and Kamal Ahmed Ansari,
Other Seven of the 12 men convicted for the blasts have been given life sentences.
The attack, according to the court, was blamed on Islamic militants backed by Pakistan, an allegation Pakistan has denied.
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