Ex-Khyber Barkeep Charged in Mumbai Attacks

khyber_founder.jpgGUARDIAN: Federal prosecutors accused David Coleman Headley, 49, who lives in Chicago, of conspiracy to bomb public places in India, to murder and maim people, and to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group. The charges come after Headley, also known as Daood Gilani, was accused of involvement in a plot to kill the editor of the Danish paper, Jyllands-Posten, who published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005 which provoked an angry backlash in the Muslim world. Headley is accused of scouting the three locations in Mumbai – the luxury Taj hotel, a railway station and the Jewish Chabad House – that were attacked in November 2008. According to the charges, Headley attended terrorist training camps in Pakistan earlier this decade operated by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group. Prosecutors said Headley had travelled to Mumbai several times and taken pictures and video of places targeted by the attackers. Court documents say that after his trips to India he travelled to Pakistan to pass on the results of his research and that early last year he took boat trips to Mumbai harbour, from where the terrorists later launched their attack. MORE

NEW YORK TIMES: Headley is the son of a prominent Pakistani diplomat and the late Serrill Headley, founder and former owner of the Khyber Pass pub/restaurant in Philadelphia’s Old City section. MORE

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