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Blasts accused show no regret

July 11, 2007
Text: Sheela Bhatt

None of the 13 men charged with involvement in the July 11, 2006 blasts in Mumbai has regretted the act of terror that killed 187 people and seriously wounded at least 800 others, a senior police officer, who investigated the case, told

"They show no remorse for what they did," the officer, a member of Maharashtra's Anti-Terror Squad, said, speaking on condition that he would not be identified by name for this report.

The picture he drew of the alleged bombers was one of educated young men, who made the all-too familiar transition from carefree youth to rigid soldiers of Islam under rigorous indoctrination, eventually embarking on the road of jihad.

It is not Osama bin Laden, the ATS officer said, who motivated the 13 accused, but Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar, one of the three terrorists freed from an Indian prison on December 31, 1999, in exchange for the passengers and crew on the hijacked Indian Airlines Airbus.

The ATS's 10,667-page chargesheet, detailing the conspiracy and manner in which the bombers had executed their deadly crime, is largely based on the confessions of 11 of the 13 accused in custody where they admitted their role in the blasts.

Image: ATS officers with an alleged bomber (in black hood), July 28, 2006. The man is believed to be either Faisal Sheikh, who the ATS alleges is one of the two most important conspirators, or his brother Muzzamil. Photograph: Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images.

Also read: The July 11, 2006 Blasts

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