Gunmen were on drugs during Mumbai attacks
By Eliza Gray
The thugs responsible for last week’s attacks in Mumbai fueled their terror binge with cocaine and hallucinogens, Indian officials say.
“We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood,” one official told London newspaper the Telegraph. Syringes and other drug paraphernalia were found on the scene of the horrific crimes.
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The drugs help explain how the 10 young men were able to fight hundreds of Indian commandos for 50 hours without stopping to eat or sleep. One terrorist fought for 6 hours despite a severe wound to his thigh before later being killed by commando fire.
Officials also found evidence of steroid use, which they say is not uncommon among terrorists. “These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heaving training for the attacks” said one official. Another senior officer said “they underwent training in several phases, which included training in handling weapons, bomb making, survival strategies, survival in a marine environment and even dietary habits,” according to the Telegraph.
A terrorist captured after the attack said the perpetrators were members of the Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Amid accusations of Pakistani involvement, President Asif Ali Zardari has said his nation had nothing to do with the attacks. “I think these are stateless actors who have been operating all throughout the region,” Zardari said Tuesday on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”