India says Mumbai attacks suspect supported by Pakistan
Friday, 29. June 2012, 14:52
India’s home minister on Wednesday said a key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks had provided information confirming Pakistani “state support” for the deadly assault.
Abu Hamza, also known as Sayed Zabiuddin, an Indian-born
member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was detained at Delhi
international airport on June 21 when he arrived from the Middle East.
Indian police believe he was one of the handlers based in
the Pakistani city Karachi, who issued orders by telephone to 10 Islamist
gunmen as they stormed two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, a restaurant and a
train station in Mumbai.
The November 2008 attacks, which India has blamed on
Lashkar-e-Taiba, left 166 people dead and more than 300 wounded.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram, speaking to reporters in the
southern state of Kerala, said police interrogation of Hamza had confirmed
Indian accusations that Pakistani state actors were also involved.
“The argument that non-state actors were behind the
massacre is no longer valid. He has confirmed that he was in the control room
(and) this has confirmed our suspicion that there was some organised effort,”
“When I say, state actors, at the moment, I am not
pointing my finger at any particular agency.
“But clearly there was state support or state actors’
support for the 26/11 massacre,” the home minister said.
Pakistan has asked India to share information on Hamza and
has urged New Delhi to refrain from blaming Islamabad
Pakistan, which has firmly denied allegations that state
actors were involved, has indicted seven people for their alleged role in the
attacks. Their trial, which began in 2009, has been beset by delays.
The United States has offered a $10 million reward for
information leading to the conviction of Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed who lives
openly in Pakistan and is accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.
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