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Report: FBI Warned Ahead of Mumbai Attacks

This file photograph taken on 27 Nov 2008 shows flames gushing out of The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, one of the sites attacked by alleged militant gunmen
This file photograph taken on 27 Nov 2008 shows flames gushing out of The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, one of the sites attacked by alleged militant gunmen

A major newspaper says U.S. agents were warned years before the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that an American man was training in Pakistan with the group that carried it out, and helped plan the attack.

The Washington Post
says the FBI received the tip about David Coleman Headley from his wife in August of 2005.  Citing sources close to the case, it says she told FBI agents that her husband had undergone intensive training with the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and was in contact with extremists.  

The report, co-authored with the journalism foundation ProPublica, says Headley went to Mumbai five times to scout locations for the terrorist assault on the Indian city.  

The attack lasted three days, left 166 people dead and more than 300 others wounded.

The newspaper says the FBI interviewed Headley's wife three times, but that he remained free to travel around the world on the scouting missions.  He was not arrested until almost a year after the Mumbai attack, and is now in U.S. custody.

The Washington Post
says U.S. anti-terrorism agencies did warn Indian counterparts in 2008 about a possible plot to target Mumbai, but it is not clear if those warnings were based on the tip from Headley's wife.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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