Wednesday, Dec 03, 2008
The only surviving suspect in the deadly attacks on Mumbai has reportedly given up information, including his name, the identity of his father and details on a three-month training stint in Pakistan, Indian police said Wednesday.
The claims, likely to heighten tensions with Pakistan which has repeatedly refuted allegations of involvement in the siege that left 179 dead, came as police defused a bomb at Mumbai’s main station — one the first targets of the attacks.
Raising the stakes further, India’s foreign minister said Wednesday after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that his country would consider all options “to protect its territorial integrity” if Pakistan refuses to hand over wanted terrorist suspects.
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Rice called on Pakistan to take responsibility for terrorists that are operating within its borders, questioning Pakistani claims that the country bore no responsibility.
Mumbai Joint Police Commissioner of Crime Rakesh Maria told CNN the only surviving attacker had been identified as Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 21, from the village of Okara in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Maria said the suspect identified himself as the son of Mohammed Amir Kasab, adding that he had spent the last 18 months at training camps run by Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, or LeT — a Pakistan-based terror group allied with al Qaeda.
Kasab, said to be one of 10 gunmen who attacked 10 targets including luxury hotels and a Jewish center — told police he joined the group, known by its acronym LeT, six months before he began training, Maria said.
Pakistan’s President Ali Asif Zardari told CNN on Tuesday that India has provided no “tangible proof” that the suspect is a Pakistani national.
Pakistan banned LeT in 2002, after an attack on the Indian parliament that brought the nuclear rivals to the brink of war.
The attackers were given weapons, nautical and survival training by Pakistani ex-army officers in Kashmir — the Himalayan territory disputed by Pakistan and India — Maria said. They were given code names and did not know each other.
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 11:59 am