Hanged man participated in 3-day campaign that killed 166, including Chabad emissaries.
The lone surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attack was hanged in the early hours of Nov 21. in an Indian prison, the Associated Press reported.
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s execution was carried out after India’s President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for mercy.
“It was decided then that on Nov. 21 at 7:30 in the morning he would be hanged. That procedure has been completed today,” Union Home Sushil Kumar Shinde said.
Kasab was part of a 10 man Pakistani Islamic terrorist squad which killed 166 people at various targets over a three day period in November 2008, including a local Chabad House that killed six including Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant. Their two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny.
According radio transmissions picked up by Indian intelligence at the time, the terrorists were told by their organizers that “the lives of Jews were worth 50 times those of non-Jews.”
India blames Laskhar e-Taiba, a Pakistani terrorist organization, for carrying out the attacks.
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