U.S. Charges Chicago Man in 2008 Mumbai Attack

In 2008 attackers launched assault on various Mumbai targets, including Chabad House, U.S. surveillance site.

U.S. prosecutors on Monday charged a Chicago man, David Headley, with helping plan the 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans and six Israeli citizens.

Headley, the first American charged in the plot, was accused of receiving training from the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the 2008 plot. Prosecutors say he had traveled to Mumbai several times since 2006 and took pictures and video of some places hit in the attacks.

Headley had already been arrested in October on charges he had plotted to attack a Danish newspaper and its employees over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. That incident sparked violent protests.

After his trips to India, Headley traveled to Pakistan to turn over the results of his surveillance and, in early 2008, he took boat trips into the Mumbai harbor, according to court documents released by the U.S. Justice Department.

In November 2008, 10 attackers launched their assault on various targets in Mumbai, including several where Headley had conducted surveillance, according to the documents. The attackers had arrived in Mumbai by boat.

"This investigation remains active and ongoing," said Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, where the charges were filed. "The team of prosecutors and agents will continue to seek charges against the other persons responsible for these attacks."

The charges against Headley, a U.S. citizen who is now cooperating with investigators in both the Indian and Danish plot, include aiding and abetting the murder of the six Americans who died in the Mumbai attacks.

A lawyer for Headley declined to comment.

U.S. prosecutors said they also unsealed charges against a retired major in the Pakistani military, Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, for participating in the conspiracy to attack the Danish newspaper and its employees.