Mumbai victims' relatives pleased with Kasab hanging
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 01:18
Nov. 21 - Families of victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks say justice has been done with the execution of the lone surviving attacker Mohammad Ajmal Kasab. Simon Hanna reports.
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Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, interrogated by police in 2009 for his part in the Mumbai attacks four years ago that killed 166 people.
On Wednesday Pakistani national Kasab was executed by Indian authorities - his hanging took place amid great secrecy.
But when news of the execution reached those who had lost loved ones in the bloody assault, it was welcomed.
This widow lost her husband during the 2008 attacks - he was waiting to catch a train as militants opened fire on unsuspecting civilians.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) WIFE OF THE 2008 MUMBAI ATTACK VICTIM UPENDRA YADAV, SUNITA YADAV:
"We would like to thank the authorities and the law for hanging the one who had widowed so many women and orphaned so many children."
There were different reactions though across the border, where Pakistanis said Kasab should have been punished on home soil.
This Karachi resident said Pakistan hands Indian prisoners back to India and so Kasab should have been returned to Pakistan and put on trial in his home country.
Kasab was the lone survivor of the militant squad that rampaged through Mumbai in 2008.
Pictures of the gunman striding through Mumbai's train station - where at least 60 people were killed - became one of the enduring images of the massacre.
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