'Tortured' Mumbai shooting suspect withdraws confession

The gunman accused of carrying out last year's bloody siege of Mumbai has retracted his confession, saying police tortured him into admitting his role in the attacks.

The gunman accused of carrying out last year's bloody siege of Mumbai has retracted his confession, saying police tortured him into admitting his role in the attacks.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab told the special court trying him that he went to Mumbai as a tourist and was arrested 20 days before the siege, which left 166 people dead.

On the day the attacks began, he said police took him from his cell and shot him to make him look like he was a gunman.

He said he was initially arrested because he was wandering around the city late at night looking for a place to stay.

Kasab, who confessed earlier to spraying gunfire into the crowds at Mumbai's main railway station during the attack, could face the death penalty if convicted.

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