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Chicago Feds Charge Suspected Terrorist in Deadly Mumbai, India Attack

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In what came as little of a surprise, federal prosecutors in Chicago charged suspected terrorist David Coleman Headley with helping plot the deadly India attack in Mumbia that killed more than 165 people in 2008.

The Associated Press reported that prosecutors charged Headley with helping scope out targets for the Mumbai attack. He and co-defendant Tahawwur Hussain Rana were charged in October in Chicago with plotting an attack on the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten because of the cartoons it published mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Rana was not charged in the Mumbai attacks.

The AP reported that Headley is cooperating with authorities.

The India media reported on Sunday that FBI agents were arriving this week in India to brief the Indian government on the Headley.

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FBI to Visit India to Share Info on 2 Terror Suspects Charged in Chicago

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will visit India on Monday to share information with the government about two terror suspects charged in Chicago who may be linked to the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 that killed 165 people, the ANI news service reported.

The news service said the agents will share information about suspects David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who were charged in Chicago with terrorist acts including a plan to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons mocking Islam.

The FBI agents will reportedly be staying in New Delhi for two days.

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Head of Boston FBI Says Local Police Need to Upgrade Firearms in Case of Terrorist Attacks

The FBI in Boston has sounded a warning that makes sense. Let’s see if the police respond.

FBI Agent Warren Bamford

FBI Agent Warren Bamford

By Jonathan Saltzman and Maria Cramer
The Boston Globe
BOSTON — Boston is making itself vulnerable to a terrorist attack like the rampage in Mumbai last year by not adequately arming its police with the semiautomatic assault rifles widely available to officers in many of the nation’s other major cities, the top FBI agent in Boston said yesterday.

Not only could the police force not easily defend against an attack by well-armed terrorists, but the absence of weapons could actually make the city a target, said Warren T. Bamford, the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.

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FBI Agent Says Recent Terrorism Attacks Could Encourage al Qaeda and Others

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The FBI’s James McJunkin told a Congressional Committee Thursday that the “principal lesson from the Mumbai attacks remains that a small number of trained and determined attackers with relatively unsophisticated weapons can do a great deal of damage.”

“Last week’s attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahaore, Pakistan is another example of a low-tech, but potentially high impact operation,” McJunken, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism division told the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

“We are concerned about the possibility that the other terrorist groups, including al Qaeda or its affiliates, will take note of these attacks and attempt to emulate them,” he said.
The attacks in Mumbai last Nov. 26 killed more than 170 people including six Americans.
McJunkin lauded the cooperation between the American and India’s investigative agencies.

“The unprecedented collaboration we developed with our Indian law enforcement and intelligence counterparts in this investigation has strengthened our relationship with the Government of India.”

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