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Rana praised LeT’s Chabad house tactic


Chicago Sajid Mir, LeT handler in Pakistan, was praised by Mumbai attack co- accused Tawahhur Rana for his Chhabad House attack strategy and even called him Khalid bin Walid, one of the greatest Generals in history, David Headley testified on Wed


Headley, a 26/ 11 co- accused who has pleaded guilty, was giving his testimony on the third day of the trial of his childhood friend Rana, a Pakistani- Canadian, who has been slapped with 12 charges in connection with the November 2008 attack in which 166 persons were killed.

About the operation at Chhabad House in Mumbai, Headley said Sajid Mir of the Pakistan- based terror outfit Lashkar- e- Taiba told the two boys ( attackers) to use mattresses and ambush the Special Forces who were descending down the staircases.

Six people were killed in the attack on Chhabad house, a Jewish community centre.

According to Headley, a Pakistani- American, Rana said this strategy was tactically brilliant and that he be called Khalid bin Walid, a famous Arab military strategist during the times of Prophet Mohammed in the seventh century.

Headley also said he told Sajid Mir that he has received a compliment from Rana for his ” tactical brilliance.” Headley said Sajid Mir expressed his frustration that he did not follow all his instructions- one was ” I was not suppose to go back to India after the Mumbai attack Chabad house

and travel to Denmark.” Headley told the court that Sajid Mir was in Karachi during the Mumbai attack.

He said couple of people was with him.

Sajid was in contact with the attackers via phone and he was watching TV coverage of the siege and seeing what was going on in India.

Headley during his testimony to the government prosecutor said that he had sent some emails to Rajaram Rege of Shiv Sena.

Yesterday, he spoke of a plot involving LeT and ISI to assassinate Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.