Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks has been hanged, the country’s home ministry says.
Kasab was hanged this morning at 7:30am (02:00 GMT) at Yerwada jail in the western Indian state of Maharashtra after India’s President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his clemency plea.
In August, India’s Supreme Court upheld Kasab’s death sentence over the attack on a string of targets in Mumbai that killed 166 people. Kasab was a Pakistani national who said he belonged to the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba. It has been reported that the execution happened very quickly.
India had blamed the violence on the Lashkar-e-Taiba group and elements in the Pakistani military.
KP Pawar, Kasab’s defence lawyer, had said that he had committed the crime under duress and pressure from the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Pawar had asked for the minimum punishment of life in prison for his client.Around 166 people died in the attacks that lasted from 26th November to 28th November 2008.