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26/11 camp photos given to court

Islamabad, Dec. 9: Photographs of three Lashkar-e-Toiba training camps in Sindh and of the motorboats used by the ten 26/11 gunmen have been placed as evidence before an anti-terrorism court trying seven Pakistanis accused of involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Mohammad Altaf, deputy director at the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Karachi office, presented the material before judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman in Rawalpindi yesterday, Dawn newspaper said.

Altaf told the court the 10 gunmen had rehearsed the attacks on the Arabian Sea using motorboats named Al-Hussaini, Al-Atta and Al-Fouz. He said the terrorists were trained at Lashkar camps in the Mirpur Sakro area of Thatta district and in the Yousaf Goth and Landhi areas of Karachi. The training centres spanned 25 to 48 acres.

Altaf said the motorboats and other evidence were seized in January 2009 and were in FIA custody.

Special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulifqar Ali requested a speedy trial. The judge said the defence lawyers were not available for daily hearings and posted the next hearing on December 22.