One said: “We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood.
“There was also evidence of steroids, which isn’t uncommon in terrorists. These men were all toned, suggesting they had been doing some heavy training for the attacks.
“This explains why they managed to battle the commandos for over 50 hours with no food or sleep.”
The source said one gunman is thought to have injected himself with large doses of stimulant so he could keep on fighting after he was seriously wounded.
Indian newspapers yesterday carried a dramatic picture of the sole surviving terrorist hooked up to a life support machine.
The Hashshashin (also Hashishin, Hashashiyyin, or Hashasheen) from which the word Assassins is thought to originate, were the military wing of the Nizari branch of the Ismā’īlī Shia Muslims following a dispute regarding the succession of the eighth Fatimide Caliph Al Mustansir. The Nizāriyya, upheld Nizar to be the rightful successor but the faction were driven from Egypt. However the majority of Isma’ili outside of the Fatmid State believed that Nizar was the rightful successor, and established a number of fortified settlements in present day Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the first of which was Alamut under the charismatic Iranian leader Hasan-i Sabbah. Persecuted as infidels by the dominant Sunni sect in the Muslim world, they sent dedicated people to eliminate prominent Sunni leaders, whom they considered “impious usurpers.”  
The sect was decimated by the invading Mongols, their last stronghold being seized by Hülegü Khan in the year 1272. The term Hashshashin, a name given to them by their Arab enemies, was derived from the Arabic “haššāšīn” (حشّاشين, “hashish user”). It also means the ones who produce hashish, which they are alleged to have ingested prior to their attacks, but this etymology is disputed.
The sect referred to themselves as al-da’wa al-jadīda (Arabic:الدعوة الجديدة), which means the new doctrine, and were known within the organization as Fedayeen.