New Documentary Looks at the 'Perfect Terrorist' Behind the Mumbai Attacks

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Three years ago this week 10 gunmen lay siege to the city of Mumbai. They arrived by boat from Karachi, Pakistan and for for three days, they launched a series of attacks on two 5-star hotels, a train station and a small Jewish hostel. A total of 166 people were killed, and more than 300 were injured. The mastermind behind the attacks, called India's 9/11, was an American citizen named David Headley, who spent more than two years mapping out targets and creating a plan for the attacks.

None of the gunmen had been to Mumbai before, but Headley lived there. He even honeymooned at one of the targets, the luxury Taj Hotel. Headley is the subject of  new "Frontline" documentary called "A Perfect Terrorist."

The documentary is a joint work of PBS and the investigative site ProPublicaSebastian Rotella, senior reporter at ProPublica and Tom Jennings, producer of "A Perfect Terrorist," tell the story of David Headley, the man behind the Mumbai attacks.


Tom Jennings and Sebastian Rotella

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

Ajay from Delhi

That was really terrible and painful indeed ,Biggest intelligence failure and this happening again and again.

Nov. 24 2011 03:01 AM

Was Headley"s father in Pakistani military?
This connection may have helped him to plan for the attack.

Nov. 22 2011 10:59 AM

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