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Mumbai terrorist planned European attacks

Justin Huggler

Published 11/04/2016 | 02:30

The 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India, killed 164 people
The 2008 attacks on Mumbai, India, killed 164 people

A Pakistani extremist linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks was reportedly arrested in Austria on suspicion of planning attacks in Europe.

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The suspect (34) is one of two men who were held in Salzburg on December 10, 2015 on suspicion of planning attacks for Isil. He has been named as Muhammad Ghani Usman.

He was a bombmaker for Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT), the Pakistani group behind the Mumbai attacks which killed 164 people, the 'Sunday Times' claims.

Unnamed sources "close to a multinational investigation" said "dozens" of Isil operatives had entered Europe posing as asylum seekers and were still at large.

Austrian prosecutors confirmed that the two men entered Europe posing as Syrian refugees last October.

They arrived in Greece on the same boat as two of those involved in last November's Paris attacks.

The second man was named as Adel Haddadi, a 28-year-old Algerian, and the newspaper report said that investigators believed they were members of one of a number of Isil 'strike teams' who had infiltrated Europe under cover of the migrant crisis.

The Mumbai attacks, in which teams of gunmen took over two hotels and opened fire on busy streets and cafes, are widely considered a model for recent terror attacks in Europe.

It is not clear if Usman is thought to have defected from LeT to Isil.

LeT is dedicated to the 'liberation' of Kashmir from Indian rule and the establishment of an Islamic state.

Usman was also linked to Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ), a separate Pakistani militant group known to be active in Syria.

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