Pakistan releases Muslim terrorist mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack that killed 164
Pakistani Muslim terrorist Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 164, including 6 at the Chabad house, has been released from house arrest by the Lahore high court.
Saeed had been in custody since January when Pakistan outlawed the terrorist group he co-founded, Lashkar-e-Taiba. He denies being a terrorist, but the surviving Mumbai terrorist fingered him as the mastermind in his confession.
Saeed is also a popular cleric in Pakistan, which may be one reason the government let him go.
News footage showed the Muslim terrorist celebrating with his exultant supporters.
The United States and India issued statements critical of the decision.
Lashkar-e-Tayyiba “is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens. The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.