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Pakistani gunman guilty in Mumbai terror case

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    Lone survivor and accomplice killed 58, wounded dozens at train station

    [​IMG]Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam shows a copy of the verdict to the media outside the special bomb-proof court at the Arthur Road prison, where the 2008 Mumbai attacks trial is being held in Mumbai on Monday

    MUMBAI, India - An Indian court Monday convicted a Pakistani man of murder and other charges for his role in gunning down dozens of people in the 2008 terror attacks that left 166 people dead in India's financial capital of Mumbai. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the attack's 10 gunmen, was accused in the siege's deadliest episode, when he and an accomplice killed 58 people and wounded 104 others at one of Mumbai's busiest train stations. Photos of Kasab striding through the station, an assault rifle in his hand, became iconic images of the attacks.
    Judge M.L. Tahiliyani also acquitted two Indians who had been accused of being members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and of conducting reconnaissance in Mumbai before the attack.
    Kasab, wounded by police and arrested on the first night of the attacks, initially admitted his role and then said he had been framed.
    Sentencing will be on Tuesday and he could now face the gallows.
    The Mumbai attack prompted New Delhi to break off peace talks with Pakistan, saying Islamabad must first act against militants operating from its soil, including the LeT, of which Kasab is accused of being a member.
    India had charged 38 people in connection with the attack, most of them living in Pakistan.
    The verdict comes days after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan held talks in Bhutan and asked their officials to take steps to normalize relations, signaling a thaw in ties that analysts say should not be affected by Monday's verdict.
    One risk to normalizing relations is another major militant attack in India and the ensuing political pressure that could force the government to break off the dialogue process.