Mumbai attacks: Pak arrests key suspect linked to LeT

Mumbai attacks: Pak arrests key suspect linked to LeT

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which is spearheading Pakistan’s probe into the Mumbai incident, arrested Jamil Ahmed on Wednesday on the basis of information provided by other suspects.         

Sources in the FIA described Ahmed, a resident of Battagram in the unruly North West Frontier Province, as an "important suspect allegedly linked with" the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the Daily Times newspaper reported on Thursday.         

Ahmed was arrested following the interrogation of five LeT operatives – operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abu Al-Qama, Zarar Shah, Shahid Jamil Riaz and Hamad Amin Sadiq – arrested earlier by the FIA. These five men are being tried by an anti-terror court  in connection with the Mumbai attacks.       

"The suspects revealed the name of another suspect, Jamil Ahmed, of Battagram during interrogation. Ahmed also allegedly facilitated the acts of terrorism in Mumbai on November 26," a source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

 Sources said SIU personnel arrested Ahmed near his house. He is being interrogated.

The sources termed Ahmed’s arrest as a "major breakthrough" in their investigation as it could lead the SIU to other suspects.         

Pakistani authorities are also looking for 13 other suspects for facilitating the Mumbai attacks. Most of these men are crew members of the two boats used by the 10 terrorists who attacked the Indian financial hub.