LeT at­tempted to kill Bal Thack­eray, says Headley

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MUM­BAI: The Lashkar- e- Taiba (LeT) had plot­ted an at­tack on Shiv Sena founder Bal Thack­eray, and the man as­signed to carry out the hit was ar­rested, but man­aged to es­cape, Pak­istani-Amer­i­can t er ror­ist David Cole­man Headley told the ses­sions court on Thurs­day. The 56-year-old op­er­a­tive, ar­rested for his role in the 2008 Mum­bai at­tacks, said over a video link from a US prison that he had even vis­ited the Sena’s head­quar­ters, the Shiv Sena Bha­van.

Headley is be­ing cross-ex­am­ined by Wa­hab Khan, the de­fence coun­sel for Sayed Zabi­ud­din An­sari, alias Abu Jun­dal, who is fac­ing trial for the at­tacks.

“LeT wanted to tar­get Thack­eray. They wanted to kill him wher­ever they could find him in Mum­bai,” Headley said in his de­po­si­tion.

He said he did not have first- hand knowl­edge about the con­spir­acy, but had been in­formed of LeT’s plot to kill Bal Thack­eray.

“I do not know which year, but an at­tempt was made and the per­son [ as­sas­sin] es­caped from jail,” Headley added.

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