Mumbai attacks suspect Abu Hamza arrested: Krishna

NEW DELHI Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:19pm IST

Policemen erect barricades in front of the Taj Mahal Hotel as part of security measures ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in Mumbai November 4, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Policemen erect barricades in front of the Taj Mahal Hotel as part of security measures ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in Mumbai November 4, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Related Topics

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Delhi police have arrested alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abu Hamza, who is suspected of helping to plan the militant rampage through Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna said on Monday.

New Delhi blames Pakistan militant group LeT for the attacks that stunned India and shattered fragile relations with nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan. Indian-born Abu Hamza is a suspected member of the LeT, local media reported on Monday.

Authorities believe Hamza is the voice of a previously unidentified man who was taped speaking by phone from Pakistan to the militants involved in the Mumbai attacks. He is also said to have coached the attackers in speaking Hindi, according to the reports.

The 10 gunmen killed commuters, foreigners and some wealthy Indian businessmen in the rampage, which included attacks on two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre and a train station.

Peace talks between India and Pakistan have resumed since the attacks, but New Delhi still suspects Islamabad of dragging its feet in bringing the perpetrators to justice, a charge Pakistan denies.

"Let the Delhi police go through the investigation first, and then they will send a report to the government," Krishna told reporters, when asked how India would approach Pakistan over Hamza's arrest.

"And then we will certainly see what appropriate ... action can be taken," he said.

A Delhi police spokesman said he was not able to comment on the case.

Some local media reported that Abu Hamza had been deported from Saudi Arabia and arrested on landing at Delhi airport. Saudi Arabia's interior ministry was not immediately available for comment.

Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan told Reuters that the suspect would be held in police custody for 15 days for questioning.

A voice believed to belong to Abu Hamza was recorded talking to the gunmen attacking a Jewish centre in south Mumbai during the three-day attack. According to the Times of India newspaper, he told the attackers to convey to the media that the "attack was a trailer and the entire movie was yet to come".

India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to take action against Hafiz Saeed, the Islamist blamed for masterminding the Mumbai attacks. In May, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorised a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture.

(Reporting and writing by Matthias Williams; additional reporting by Suchitra; Mohanty, Asma Alsharif and Annie Banerji; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (4)
007chanakya wrote:
Finally he is arrested, It seems UPA govt has got it’s Presidential candidate.

Jun 25, 2012 6:08pm IST  --  Report as abuse
fundselect wrote:
What a curious case ..? How come Abu Hamza landed in Indian Capital..? One recalls Chidambarm asking ‘ Audio Samples’ for testing, about which Pakistan was shruggging off. There seems to be a sea change.. Who is Next..? Mumbai Don …

Jun 25, 2012 8:20pm IST  --  Report as abuse
fundselect wrote:
Mr Hamza unknowingly boarded Delhi Plane and missed Karachi.. Well, Air India’s Mismanagement played a key role.. Who in Next Passenger.. landing at Sahar Airport.. Donbhai..?

Jun 25, 2012 8:28pm IST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared
Sensex up over 300 points on energy reform, elections

Sensex up over 300 points on energy reform, elections

The BSE Sensex surges over 300 points and the Nifty gains more than 100 points after the government's energy reforms lead to a rally in energy firms, while wins by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party in two state elections raise expectations for additional reforms.  Full Article 


State Elections

State Elections

Modi's BJP makes big gains in state polls.  Full Article 



India delays decision on iron ore licence for POSCO's $12 bln plant.  Full Article 

HCL Tech Results

HCL Tech Results

Quarterly profit up 32 percent, shares fall   Full Article 

Ebola Vaccine

Ebola Vaccine

GSK says Ebola vaccine development progressing at "unprecedented rate".  Full Article 

Health Check

Health Check

Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test.  Full Article 


Legal Reforms

Companies look for more fairness as China eyes legal reforms at key meeting.  Full Article 

Gold Smuggling

Gold Smuggling

With seizures up, Indian gold smuggling loses its shine  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage