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18 "Abus" accused in Mumbai attacks
February 26, 2009 19:55 IST
Half the 35 accused Pakistani nationals who figure in the 26/11 chargesheet and wanted by the Mumbai [Images] police have Abu as a name.
The 11,280 page chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police before a local court on Wednesday showed that the names of 18 of these accused began with Abu, who are perceived to be faceless persons.
'Abu' is called Kunniyat (nickname) in Arabic to signify a fatherly attitude towards children named after the warriors.
However, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images], which follows the Al-hadees faction of Islam, uses 'Abu' to reveal their actual identity.
The famous example in this regard is Abu Al-Qama. The person with this identity has been reportedly killed several times in Kashmir during anti-militancy operations, but again this name has surfaced among the 35 wanted names in the Mumbai chargesheet.
"Abu word started coming on the intelligence radar in early 1990s when the Lashkar started establishing its base in Jammu and Kashmir [Images]," said a senior police official, adding "It only depicts that either their son is named after the warrior or they aspire to have a son like the warrior."