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Ajmal Kasab executed at Pune jail

Mumbai, Nov 21: Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the terrorist group that attacked Mumbai in November 2008 and left a trail of death, was executed early on Wednesday, according to ABP Ananda TV.

Kasab, whose death sentence had been upheld by the Supreme Court, was hanged to death at 7.30am in Pune's Yerawada Central jail. The news was confirmed by Maharashtra's home department.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Kasab's mercy petition had been sent to the President on October 16.

He said the President rejected the petition and the file was sent back to the home ministry on November 5.

"On November 7, after I returned from an Interpol meeting in Rome, the file was on my table and I signed it," Shinde said.

It reached the Maharashtra government the next day.

Sources said Kasab had told his jailors before he was executed that he has no last wish.

Kasab and nine fellow terrorists had launched a daring attack on Mumbai using the sea to enter the city.

India's commercial capital became a battleground for three days and 166 people including foreign tourists were dead by the time security forces and commandos eliminated the holed-up terrorists.


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