Pakistani Taliban 'shocked' over execution of 'Muslim' Kasab on Indian soil

Islamabad, Nov. 21 (ANI): The Pakistani Taliban has expressed "shock" over Wednesday's execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of a militant squad that killed 166 people in a rampage across India's financial capital Mumbai in 2008.

"There is no doubt that it's very shocking news and a big loss that a Muslim has been hanged on Indian soil," Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Reuters.

Kasab, the lone surviving attacker behind the attacks, was hanged at a jail in Pune, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his appeal for mercy, reports The Dawn.

The Pakistan-born attacker was hanged in Pune's Yerwada prison at 7:30 am.

Kasab was sentenced to death in May 2010 after he was found guilty of a string of charges, including waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.

He appealed in the Supreme Court claiming he did not receive a fair trial, but his petition was struck down in August.

During the 2008 attacks, heavily armed gunmen stormed targets in Mumbai including luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a hospital and a bustling train station. (ANI)