December 4, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- It must have seemed odd to FBI agents that Chicago terror suspect David Coleman Headley carried a book with him called How to Pray like a Jew. Mr. Headley isn't Jewish. He is an Islamic fundamentalist.Be sure to read the rest
Headley, a Pakistani native whose birth name was Daood Gilani before he changed it, was using the book of Jewish prayer tips as part of an elaborate cover according to federal authorities.
Now, the reason for the alleged cover may be surfacing.
Headley is under investigation by India's counterpart to the FBI in connection with a plot to attack Israeli tourists, according to a report Friday in the Times of India newspaper.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is said to be looking at newly obtained leads that the Chicago businessman had conducted surveillance on a popular Israeli tourist site in the city of Pushkar. The Times report states that Headley scouted "the Bed-chabad -- the prayer hall of the Jews -- where hundreds of them gather every evening for routine prayers." More than 200 NIA agents have spread out across the south Asian country attempting to track Headley's travels the past few years. Headley and another Chicago businessman, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, are currently facing federal charges in Chicago alleging they were planning to attack a Danish newspaper that employed a controversial cartoonist.
Since Headley and Rana's arrests by the FBI and U.S. Homeland Security agents in October, they have also been linked to a wave of terror attacks on targets in Mumbai, India. The fiery November 2008 siege by a Pakistani terror cell, resulted in 175 deaths.
The apparent targeting of a Jewish prayer site is the third plot to which Headley has been publicly connected.
Calls and e-mails sent by Headley from Pushkar cyber-cafes are being investigated by the special NIA team, who reportedly searched log-books of almost all the cyber cafes in Pushkar and even questioned a barber Headley had visited.
Cross posted at Jawa Report