26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict David Headley attacked in US jail, critical

26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict David Headley attacked in US jail, critical
David Coleman Headley was convicted in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case

Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, convicted in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, is battling for his life after being attacked by inmates at a detention centre in the US.

When asked, US authorities refused to comment on media reports about the attack.

“We are not able to locate information about this individual,” the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Chicago said in a brief email response to PTI when asked about the incident.

According to some media reports, David Headley was attacked on July 8 by two other inmates because he was a ‘double agent’ who had worked both for Pakistan and for Islamist terror organisations.

The reports said he suffered serious injuries and was rushed to North Evanston hospital, where he was admitted to the critical care unit.

David Headley was arrested in 2009 in connection with the terrorist attack on Mumbai that killed more than 160 people. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison by a US court as a part of a plea bargain deal.

Headley, originally named Daood Sayed Gilani, was born in Washington, DC, to Sayed Salim Gilani, a Pakistani diplomat.

After getting involved in drug trafficking, he was caught by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Headley later turned informant and met LeT leaders Hafeez Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi during his visit to Pakistan, after which he became involved in the 26/11 terror plot.

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