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India executes sole surviving gunman from 2008 Mumbai attacks

Published on Nov 21, 2012 11:12 AM
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving suspected gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is seen under police custody at an undisclosed location, in this undated still file image taken from video footage shown on the CNN-IBN television channel since February 3, 2009. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India secretly executed the lone survivor of a Pakistan-based militant squad on Wednesday, just days before the fourth anniversary of an attack that killed 166 people in a rampage through the financial capital Mumbai.

Pakistan national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the enduring image of the bloody assault, which traumatised India and raised fears of copycat attacks on foreign cities. Pictures of the young gunman wearing a black T-shirt and toting an AK-47 rifle as he strode through Mumbai’s train station were published around the world.

Kasab was hanged amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the Nov 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.

“All the police officers and personnel who lost their life in the battle against the terrorists have today been served justice,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said after Kasab was hanged in a jail in Pune, south-east of Mumbai.

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