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US did not heed warning about Mumbai attack: Headley's ex-wife

United States America,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism, Tue, 17 Apr 2012 IANS

Washington, April 17 (IANS) As India probes the role of the estranged wife of admitted Pakistani American terrorist David Headley in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, she claims she tried to prevent it, but US authorities did not bother.

 

Headley's second wife Faiza Outalha, who had visited India twice, has said in a TV interview that she tried to prevent the 2008 Mumbai attack by going to US authorities abroad, but they did not bother.

 

"So I went to them and I then started saying stuff, I said he's going to bomb everything, he's a criminal. They didn't bother," she was quoted as saying by Chicago's WLS-TV/DT.

 

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Headley, who after a plea deal with the US authorities testified in Chicago last year that the LeT founder and leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was the brain behind the Mumbai attack.

 

Headley, alias Daood Gilani, who also confessed to his role in scouting targets for the Mumbai attack for LeT, was an avowed terrorist when he married Outalha, according to the television station that tracked her to Morocco.

 

"I'm covering my face right now, yes, because I'm afraid that people really could look at, see my face and pursue me or come and try to harm me," she was quoted as saying.

 

"It was love at first sight, you know, and we just married and, you know, it was so quick," Outalha said.

 

"He betrayed me in every way, many lies, he's been lying to me, I mean the marriage, he fooled me to this marriage."

 

Headley claims he worked with officials from Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to survey attack sites in India, even while on a Mumbai honeymoon with his new wife.

 

Indian authorities have sent a formal request to Morocco to question Outalha in the continuing investigation of the Mumbai attacks.

 

If she cooperates, they hope that Outalha will offer information about Saeed, for whose successful prosecution US announced a $10 million bounty two weeks ago, WLS-TV said.

 

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

 


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