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            Suspected Indian terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. 
           
           
       
           
           
           
     
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            Terror in Mumbai 
     

 Is 'the most dangerous man in the world' behind the Mumbai attacks?  

By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service  Tags: India, Dawood 
Ibrahim  

Security officials in India believe that an Indian citizen once called 'the 
most dangerous man in the world' masterminded the well orchestrated string of 
terror attacks that left at least 174 people dead in India's financial capital 
of Mumbai last week. 

The man, Dawood Ibrahim, is believed to be hiding in Pakistan. Ibrahim is 
wanted in India for his suspected role in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai, in which 
more than 250 people died in a string of 13 coordinated bombings. 

Ibrahim is a millionaire operating in several countries with connections both 
in India and Pakistan. 
Speculations have surfaced over recent days that the terrorists responsible for 
last week's attacks, which began Wednesday evening and continued well into the 
weekend, had come from Pakistan. Indian officials, among them India's foreign 
minister, also raised the possibility that Pakistani terrorists were behind the 
attacks, sparking tension between the neighboring countries. 

Reports from India indicate that security officials believe that Ibrahim 
orchestrated the attacks from the Pakistani city of Karachi, sending his men to 
enter India illegally to carry out ten coordinated attacks in separate 
locations in Mumbai. 

The connection to Ibrahim was established during the questioning of one of the 
attackers, 
a.. Amir Kasab, 21, who told the Indian authorities that he had been sent to 
Mumbai by Ibrahim after having undergone training in Pakistan. 

Indian media reported earlier that in the past, some of the attackers had 
stayed at the Taj hotel in Mumbai, which they targeted on Wednesday, and 
therefore were very familiar with the hotel's structure. The commander of the 
elite Indian unit that stormed the hotel following the attack, in efforts to 
free hostages, described the attackers as "skilled fighters, prepared for their 
mission and merciless." 

Pakistani authorities have denied any connection to the attacks. The Pakistani 
government has asked to be involved in the investigation into the incident, 
offering to send its highest level spy chief to India, but later rescinded the 
offer, apparently due to Indian objections, and decided to send lower level 
investigators instea

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