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Mumbai attackers came from Karachi: FBI

Mumbai: Reinforcing the Pakistan link to the Mumbai terror attack, the FBI told a special court here on Wednesday that its probe had established that the perpetrators came from Karachi.

In crucial testimony at the trial of the lone surviving gunman Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab’, an official of the U.S. federal agency, giving evidence for the first time in India in terror cases, said the terrorists had used the GPS, a satellite navigation system to locate targets.

Deposing before Special Judge M.L. Tahaliyani, an FBI forensic expert whose identity has been kept secret, said the GPS devices allegedly recovered by the Mumbai police from the slain terrorists indicated plans for a return journey from Mumbai to Karachi and Rawalpindi.

‘Kasab’, a Pakistani national, sat smiling all through the FBI official’s testimony. The planned return journey showed that the terrorists were given practical training in Pakistan to use GPS, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told PTI.

The FBI official said “Way Point” data retrieved from the GPS devices pointed to the route from Karachi to Mumbai and also positions between these two cities.

He said he had examined five GPS devices and a satellite phone. Mr. Nikam said the police were still investigating the numbers from where the calls were made to the recovered satellite phone. According to the prosecution, the terrorists were in touch with their handlers. — PTI

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