Terrorists aimed to kill 5,000 people: R.R. Patil

November 29th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil said the terrorists that attacked 10 prominent places in Mumbai “intended to kill at least 5,000 people” and were getting instructions from abroad via satellite phones throughout their 59-hour standoff with security forces. “There were 10 terrorists in all. Nine were killed, while one has been captured alive. They had been continuously getting instructions from abroad via satellite phones,” Patil told reporters at a press conference also attended by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

When asked which country they were getting support from, the minister said: “You all know which country.”

“The terrorists came from the sea route Wednesday morning. They landed at a tiny fishing port in Colaba called Saffoon Dock. From there, they took a taxi in which all their arms and ammunitions were loaded,” Patil said.

Patil said preliminary investigations revealed that “the terrorists wanted to kill more than 5,000 people in the attack”.

“Police have recovered two live bombs, each weighing eight kilograms from the dead terrorists. GPS equipment and sophisticated satellite phones were also recovered from them,” he added.

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