Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley , the 26/11 accused revealed that Ishrat Jahan, who died in an alleged fake encounter in 2004 was a suicide bomber for terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Headley shared this information with the National Investigation Agency officials in 2011 when they were in Chicago, USA
Headley was pardoned from the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case by a court in India and made an approver after he agreed to reveal details about the 2008 attack that claimed 166 lives.
Ishrat Jahan and three of her accomplices were killed in an encounter at Gujarat in the year 2004. It was based on intelligence bureau reports that the action was taken by the Gujarat police. Gujarat Police in its report stated that she and three others had arrived in Gujarat with an intention of carrying out terror strikes and also targeting Narendra Modi who was the Chief Minister of Gujarat then.
Ishrat Jahan’s death had sparked a major controversy but the disclosure by headley that Ishrat was a member of Lashker’s suicide squad who had been inducted by top LeT operative Muzamil.
Headley’s information corroborates the stand of Gujarat Police and the Centre. The encounter had run into controversy after Jahan’s family claimed that she was just a student and filed an appeal in the court.
Sources said Headley’s reconnaissance missions for Lashkar in India started in 2006.
Jahan was killed along with Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai and two Pakistani nationals – Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar Abdul Ghani – on June 15, 2004.