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Trial Witness Says Pakistani Intelligence Had Role In Mumbai Attack

Candles stand outside the Taj Mahal Hotel on December 2, 2008, during a vigil in memory of victims killed by the attacks in Mumbai.
A Pakistani-American man who has admitted carrying out video surveillance of targets in preparation for the 2008 assault by Pakistani militants on the Indian city of Mumbai has testified in U.S. court that the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency had links to the group that carried out the attacks.

David Headley's testimony on May 23 in the city of Chicago came as part of the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistan-born businessman who has been accused of helping coordinate the devastating Mumbai assault.

In his testimony, Headley said the ISI provided financial and military support to the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the Mumbai attack.

Headley, who joined Lashkar-e-Taiba, said he had contacts with and received $25,000 from an ISI member whom he called "Major Iqbal," believed to be an alias.

The Pakistani government has denied that the ISI orchestrated the three-day Mumbai attack that left 166 people dead, including six Americans.

Headley pleaded guilty last year in U.S. court to being a co-conspirator in the Mumbai attacks, and in exchange prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty for him.

compiled from agency reports