Saturday, Nov 29, 2008
Reports that two gunmen arrested after the Mumbai terror attacks are British-born Pakistanis are “seriously unlikely” to be true, according to Sky sources.
Indian news channel NDTV said “British citizens of Pakistani origin” were among the militants who launched attacks on two hotels, a Jewish centre and a railway station.
The chief minister of Maharashtra state, Vilasrao Deshmukh, claims two British-born Pakistanis were among eight gunmen arrested by Indian authorities, according to reports from the Associated Press.
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But Sky’s foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said sources told him: “The early reports in the media of some British activity is thought to be seriously unlikely, although the situation is not definitive.”
And Prime Minister Gordon Brown said there was no suggestion of a British link after a conversation with India’s Prime Minister.
“At no point has the prime minister of India suggested to me that there is evidence of any terrorist of British origin,” Mr Brown said.
“But obviously there are huge investigations being carried out.
“It would be premature to draw any conclusions at all.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office added: “We have spoken to Indian authorities at a high level and they have said that there is no evidence that any of the terrorists either captured or dead are British.”
This article was posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 6:23 am