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Pakistan holds 'dead' alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks

Sources: Sajid Mir in custody as Islamabad aims to exit terror finance watchlist

The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai burns in November 2008, during a terrorist attack that killed about 170 people. Sajid Mir, included on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists, is alleged to have played a pivotal role in orchestrating the attack.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Pakistan has arrested the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks after years of denying his presence and even claiming he was dead, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The man, Sajid Mir, is on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists, with a $5 million reward on his head. He has been sought by both the U.S. and India for over a decade. Mir is connected to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a United Nations-designated terrorist organization believed to have been behind the November 2008 siege, when a team of 10 men carried out coordinated attacks on multiple targets. About 170 people were killed -- mainly Indians, alongside six Americans as well as visitors from Japan and elsewhere.

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