Mumbai Planner Admits Ordering Chabad House Slayings
One of the masterminds of the 2008 terror rampage in Mumbai that left 166 dead confessed Thursday that he ordered the murder of the hostages being held in the Indian city's Chabad House.
"I gave the order to murder those who were held at the Nariman [Chabad] House," Side Zbiodin, better known as Abu Hamza, told his interrogators.
Abu Hamza was arrested at the international airport in New Delhi two weeks ago on suspicion that he's planned and gave the direct order to slay the Jewish hostages at the Chabad House.
Six people in the Chabad House, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was five months pregnant, were murdered on Abu Hamza's command. The Holtzberg's two-year-old son Moshe survived the attack after being rescued by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel.
Abu Hamza, a native of India, was wanted for connections to Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He also confessed that he taught Hindi to the ten terrorists who carried out the attack, and oversaw their three day operation.
His confession this week confirmed the belief of Indian police officials that he was the man they have a recording of talking to the Mumbai terrorists during their seige at the Chabad House.
Police say Abu Hamza was able to provide interrogators with specific corroborating details only the handler of the terrorists who carried out the Chabad House murders would have been aware of.