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Pakistan was behind the Mumbai attacks?

07-06-2012 07:42 BJT

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India's Interior Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, has conveyed to Pakistan that information gathered after the interrogation of the Mumbai attacks handler, Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, clearly pointed to the role of Pakistani establishment in the three-day rampage.

He said this while interacting with the media in a news conference in Kolkata, India on Thursday.

He says, "I have shared with you and the people of India, the essential information that we have gathered from him and we have used that to tell the Pakistan side that the essential information clearly points to non state actors and perhaps even state actors, who were behind the 26/11 but beyond that, it would be completely wrong to share everything in a public because he is in the custody of a court today."

A security official stands in front of a burning section of The Taj Mahal hotel in
Mumbai on November 29, 2008. Indian police have arrested a key suspect accused of
coordinating the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed and more
than 300 wounded.

Earlier in the day, a New Delhi court extended the police custody of Ansari for 15 days.

Ansari, also known as Abu Hamza, was arrested at Delhi airport on June 21 upon his arrival from Saudi Arabia. Police revealed his arrest only after interrogating him for five days about the three-day rampage in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

Police said Ansari helped coordinate the attack with 10 members of Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group from a "control room" in the Pakistani city of Karachi and also helped to train the gunmen.

Until his arrest, Ansari had been living in Saudi Arabia on a Pakistani passport, and he sought to recruit volunteers for another Mumbai-style attack.

The three-day frenzy of attacks on two upscale hotels, Mumbai's busy railway terminal, and a fashionable cafe in 2008 raised tensions between India and Pakistan.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CNTV.CN

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