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Published on: November 20, 2012 11:30 PM
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, Ajmal Kasab, one of the accused gunmen, walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India. India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai early Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, India's home ministry said. Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was one of 10 gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India's financial capital in November 2008, killing 166 people. Kasab was hung at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after India's president rejected his plea for mercy.(AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza, File)FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, Ajmal Kasab, one of the accused gunmen, walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India. India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai early Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, India's home ministry said. Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was one of 10 gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India's financial capital in November 2008, killing 166 people. Kasab was hung at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after India's president rejected his plea for mercy.(AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D'souza, File)

Mumbai - India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai early Wednesday, the country’s home ministry said.

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Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was one of 10 gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India’s financial capital for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people.

Kasab was hung in secrecy at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for mercy.

“This is a tribute to all innocent people and police officers who lost their lives in this heinous attack on our nation,” said R.R. Patil, the home minister for the state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located.

Indian authorities faced public pressure to quickly execute Kasab, and the government fast-tracked the appeal and execution process, which often can take years, or in some cases, decades.

Kasab and the other gunmen entered Mumbai by boat on November 26, 2008. Carrying mobile phones, grenades and automatic weapons, the gunmen fanned out across India’s financial capital, targeting luxury hotels, a Jewish center and the city’s main train station. The three-day attack was broadcast live on television, transfixing the nation and world.

Captured by a photographer striding through Mumbai’s main train station, an assault rifle in hand, the baby-faced Kasab quickly became the iconic image of the siege.

India blames Laskhar e-Taiba, a militant Pakistani organization, for orchestrating the attacks. The incident inflamed relations between the nuclear armed neighbors.

An Indian judge sentenced Kasab to death in May 2010 for waging war against India, murder and terrorism, among other charges. Kasab cried that day as he heard the sentence.


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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM DovidGee Says:

Justice is served. Baruch Hashem!

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM shooki Says:

He cried?? But he didn't cry for the lives of the people he took! That had no value to him.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM ExpatriateOwl Says:

So why doesn't Israel start executing the terrorists who wage war against the Jewish people? Why did they stop with Eichmann?

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM pushkin Says:

ken yovdu kol oyvim. they shouldve cut all of his limbs before hanging

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM ChareidiMan Says:

You know i am happy that the murdered has justice served, but its not very comforting to see people have different values for differnt people.

if you dont beleive in the death penalty, you should not believe in it when the crime hit a bone in your body. i dont beleive in the death penalty for the reason that you see every year people release from prison for crime sthey were found guilty but later were aquitted, and if one wrongperson gets killed there is no coming back.

Besides, i would have no problem if this punk spends life in prison and gets raped on a daily basis

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM Lodzker Says:

Layehudim hoyisu oiru visimchu visuson viyikor....

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 03:58 AM Rot in Hell Says:

May you Rot in hell and those who raise their hands against jewish people

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Justice is served,
However one cannot help but feel sad for these children that are brainwashed and sent on these missions . Society also has to root out the evil slime that preach hate and glorify death and martyrdom. They need to be dragged out of their rat holes, exposed for the evil they truly are, summarily dispatched, and tossed on trash heap where they belong

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 08:59 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Nope, as I get older, I am more and more opposed to the death penalty. On the other hand I have to admit this guy pushes even my toleration.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM Sherree Says:

I give credit to the Indian government for putting and end to this evil. I hope the people of India can begin to heal from the devastation they caused. I know that it will be a long time till we fully heal from the loss K'lal Yisroel suffered at their hands.

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