Report: U.S. suspect in Mumbai attacks targeted Jewish centers
Man allegedly traveled to India in March to finalize synchronized terror attacks on Jewish prayer centers.
A U.S. citizen charged with conspiracy in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks allegedly scouted out several Jewish centers during his last visit to India to mark targets for a fresh series of attacks, a news report said Wednesday.
David Coleman Headley came to India in March to finalize synchronized terror attacks on Jewish prayer centers located in five cities, PTI news agency reported, citing sources privy to investigations into Headley's movements in India.
Chicago-based Headley, who was born to a Pakistani father and a US mother, was arrested by the FBI in October.
He has been charged with 12 criminal counts, including conspiracy to bomb public places in India, murder people in India and Denmark, and provide material support to the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Laskhar-e-Taiba.
Indian security agencies briefed by the FBI and US Department of Justice officials in New Delhi have been following the trail of Headley's March trip.
They are understood to have concluded that Headley was scouting only Jewish targets, including the office of Israel's El Al airlines in Mumbai, PTI reported.
An investigation by the security agencies revealed that a Chabad House, a centre for the Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement, was located barely 300 meters from a hotel in New Delhi where Headley stayed.
The Pahargunj Chabad House is frequently visited by backpacking tourists from Israel who live in hotels in the area.
The sources, according to PTI, said Headley visited the Chabad House posing as a Jew.
Headley traveled to Pushkar, a Hindu pilgrim spot in Rajasthan and the southern beach resort of Goa, both frequented by Israeli tourists.
He later traveled back to Mumbai and from there to Pakistan, the report said.