Chicago Man Charged For Role In 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks

"During his stays in India, Headley conducted extensive surveillance, taking pictures and making videotapes of various targets in India, including, but not limited to, the Taj Mahal hotel, the Oberoi hotel, the Leopold Café, the Nariman House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station as well as other places of public use, state and government facilities, public transportation systems and infrastructure facilities," the criminal information filed today noted.

Former Pakistani Military Member's Connections

The case reveals more information about the deadly attacks carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba. The terrorists carried out their attacks with assault weapons, grenades and improvised explosive devices. The new charges allege that after Headley's visits to Mumbai he returned to Pakistan and, "met with other co-conspirators, and provided the results of his surveillance, including photographs, videos and oral descriptions of various locations."

The criminal information also notes, "In or around March 2008, Headley met with other coconspirators, and discussed potential landing sites for a team of attackers who would arrive by sea in Mumbai, India. In or around March 2008, Headley was instructed to take boat trips in and around the Mumbai harbor and take surveillance video, which Headley did during his stay in India starting in April 2008."

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago today also unsealed a criminal complaint charging Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed, a retired major in the Pakistani military, with conspiracy charges in the Denmark plot to blow up the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Abdur Rehman is currently believed to be living in the Lahore region in Pakistan. Rehman had been arrested by Pakistani authorities in the summer of 2009 but he was released.


Prosecutors have previously alleged that Headley and Rana were plotting to undertake attacks in Denmark and were in communication with members of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the al-Qaeda linked terror group Harakat ul Jihad-Islami (HUJI). Headley was allegedly in direct contact with the HUJI commander Ilyas Kashmiri, who was targeted by a drone attack in Sep. 2009 and believed to be dead until he made statements in the Pakistani press acknowledging his support for al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

How Feds Say Headley & Rana Worked Together

Prosecutors in a detention memorandum filed last month in Rana's case alleged that he had engaged in discussions with a member of the terorrist group Lashkar-e-Taiba to get people into the United States illegally through Rana's immigration business First World Immigration Services, "In late 2008, the defendant and the individual identified... as Individual B, who is affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba, had discussed a 'loophole' to get individuals into the United States under false pretenses."

Headley allegedly used the front of Rana's immigration business to set up a First World office In Mumbai "as cover for this activity," according to the criminal information filed against Headley.

In court documents, prosecutors have also alleged that the two men discussed the possibility of attack against the National Defense College in India. "Rana, in fact, used the English word 'target' in this discussion," according to Rana's detention memorandum, filed last month by prosecutors.

Headley was previously charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the United States and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Rana has been charged with two counts of providing material support to terrorists. Headley was arrested on Oct. 3 as he was preparing to travel to Pakistan. Rana, a Canadian citizen, was arrested on Oct. 18. A detention hearing for Rana has been scheduled to continue on Dec. 15.

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

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