'Super agent' in Delhi finalised landing spot in 26/11 attacks

Published: Nov 09, 2013, 06:18 IST | Agencies |

The Pakistani intelligence agency ISI used 'a super-agent' based in New Delhi and code-named Honey Bee to help facilitate the terrorist attack on Mumbai in 2008, a new book says

When Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley suggested to his Pakistani contacts that Mumbai could be attacked, a Major Iqbal told him that if he was to scout that city, he would need to know how to record his findings.

Taj Hotel
The Taj Hotel under attack on Nov 26 in 2008

Authors Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark say in The Siege: The Attack on the Taj: “Major Iqbal gave him (Headley) what he described as classified Indian files that he said had been obtained from within the Indian police and army and which revealed their training and limitations.”

The book adds that the major boasted they had a super-agent at work in New Delhi who was known as Honey Bee. The major revealed that while he (Major Iqbal) would guide Headley, the Mumbai operation was to be run by “Lashkar”, (Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Pakistani terror group committed to war against India) which master-minded the Mumbai mayhem.

The 319-page book does not say who Major Iqbal is. It was Honey Bee who is said to have come up with the idea of a potential landing area in Badhwar Park, a fishing colony in south Mumbai, where Lashkar operatives could reach by sea to enter the Indian city. Eventually, in November 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists attacked Mumbai that left 166 Indians and foreigners dead.

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