Indian forces seen reacting to the 2008 Mumbai attacks in this file picture. Image Credit: AFP

Lahore: A Pakistani court has jailed the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, to five years and six months on terror charges, his lawyer said Wednesday, the first time he has been imprisoned since the 2008 assault.

The firebrand cleric was found guilty of "being part of a banned terrorist outfit" and for "having illegal property", his lawyer Imran Gill told AFP.

Armed with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades, ten militants killed 166 people and injured hundreds more in a three-day rampage through India’s financial capital, which started on Wednesday November 26, 2008. The attackers belonged to Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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Played out on TV news channels around the world, the bloody events - widely known as 26/11 - have been compared in India to New York’s suffering on September 11, 2001.

The co-ordinated attacks on the city of nearly 20 million people hit luxury hotels, the main railway station, a restaurant popular with tourists and a Jewish centre.

Ten years on, in 2018, the United States offered a new $5 million reward for the capture of the remaining attackers and called on Islamabad to cooperate with the hunt for the planners of the assault.