The only surviving suspect in last year's terror attack in Mumbai,
India, pleaded guilty Monday, reversing his initial plea in a dramatic
Twenty-one year old Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani national, is the
only gunman out of 10 who survived the attacks. The attacks killed 166
people, spanned three days and involved multiple targets, including
luxury hotels, a rail station and a Jewish Center.
The public prosecutor in the case, Ujjwal Nikam, says he was shocked by
the guilty plea, adding that Kasab had pleaded not guilty when the
trial began in May.
Kasab face 86 charges, including waging war on India, murder and possessing explosives.
During his confession, Kasab described arriving in India from Pakistan
via boat and carrying out the assault. The public prosecutor says it is
up to the court to accept his guilty plea.
The attacks brought a slow-moving peace process between India and
Pakistan to a halt. India accused Pakistan-based fighters from the
banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the attacks.
Pakistan initially denied any responsibility, but later admitted the
attacks, which killed 166 people, had been partly planned on its soil.