Suspected mastermind of Mumbai attacks freed
November 22 2017 05:45 PM
Pakistan
Head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organisation Hafiz Saeed waves to supporters as he leaves a court in Lahore on Wednesday.

AFP/Lahore

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants.
Hafiz Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) group and has a $10mn US bounty on his head, will be freed after less than a year in detention following the decision by the Lahore High Court, a JuD official said. 
"The review board looking into the case... has refused to extend his house arrest as the government failed to provide any evidence against the charges," a spokesman for the party, Ahmed Nadeen said.
The horror of the Mumbai carnage played out on live television around the world as commandos battled the heavily armed gunmen, who arrived by sea on the evening of November 26, 2008.
It took the authorities three days to regain full control of the city. 



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