India secretly executed the lone survivor of a Pakistan-based militant squad, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday for his role in the 2008 Mumbai massacre. A senior commander of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-a-Taiba called Kasab a "hero" who will inspire more attacks. "To die like Kasab is the dream of every fighter," said the commander.
Pakistan's Taliban movement expressed shock on Wednesday over India's execution of the lone survivor of a militant squad that killed 166 people in a rampage through the financial capital Mumbai in 2008. "There is no doubt that it's very shocking news and a big loss that a Muslim has been hanged on Indian soil," Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said.
Pakistan national Kasab was the enduring image of the bloody assault, which traumatized India and raised fears of copycat attacks on foreign cities. Pictures of the young gunman wearing a black t-shirt and toting an AK-47 rifle as he strode through Mumbai's train station were published around the world.
Kasab was hanged amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008 massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.
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