Post 26/11, Danish newspaper attack postponed: Headley
Deposing before a federal court in Chicago, Mumbai attacks suspect David Headley, said he was told by one of his handlers in Pakistan, Sajid Mir, during a visit to Lahore in 2009 that after 26/11, LeT wants to postpone the Denmark operation, which was being planned on the lines of the Mumbai carnage.The reason being, explained Headley, "Lashkar was under a lot of scrutiny and at that time they wanted to lay low. As a result, the LeT indefinitely postponed the Denmark operation."
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Image: LeT operative David Headley
'Kashmiri asked me to carry out Demark op ASAP'
"Kashmiri said it was very important that this attack be carried out ASAP," Headley said.
Referring to the surveillance videos of various locations in Copenhagen carried out by him, Kashmiri praised him. He also sought Headley's advice on how to carry out the attack.
"Kashmiri called the cartoons disgraceful," Headley said and added that Kashmiri wanted to drop a truck of explosives inside the building of the newspaper, to which he suggested that that was not a viable option because of the barricades on the way to the building.
Image: The Jyllands-Posten House in Copenhagen
'Kashmiri wanted martyrdom videos of Denmark project'
"Kashmiri told me that he has spoken to the people in England who would carry out the operation. He gave me about Rs 80,000 for personal expenses and discussed various issues about the Denmark project," Headley said.
Like Mumbai, Kashmiri wanted a "stronghold" approach, meaning fighting to the death and before the operation, he wanted some kind of "martyrdom videos" of the attackers be recorded, Headley informed the judges.
Image: Ilyas Kashmiri
Western forces not incompetent and timid as Indian: Kashmiri to Headley
Kashmiri and Pasha had also planned that the terrorist would take people hostage, shoot them and then behead them and throw their heads from the windows. He talked about the idea of holding hostages. He said shoot them first and then behead them later.
It is at this meeting that Kashmiri told Headley that he has arranged for the "murderers" in London.
In June 2009, when Headley returned to Chicago, he shared the information that he had from Kashmiri with Tahawwur Hussein Rana. "All that has been discussed was shared with Rana," Headley said.
"It is a good idea, he agreed," Headley noted.
Image: NSG commandoes at Nariman House