Indian investigators confirm links to Pakistan in Mumbai attacks
Indian police said Tuesday they had identified the Mumbai attackers as Pakistanis, and confirmed a communication subscription used in the November 26 attacks was purchased in that country, reported dpa.
A voice over internet protocol (VOIP) service the terrorists used to communicate with their leaders during the deadly siege was bought in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, PTI news agency quoted Indian investigators saying.
Mumbai police also released photographs of the terrorists killed during the attacks, identifying each by name and place of origin in Pakistan, and details of the places they attacked.
Nine alleged terrorists were killed by commandos and one was captured. The photographs of nine were released, while the police said the image of the tenth was not released as he had been badly burnt.
The average age of the group was about 24, and all the men came from villages and towns in Pakistan, Mumbai's joint commissioner of police Rakesh Maria said.
Assisted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain's Scotland Yard, Indian police found the VOIP account was purchased with a fake identity card and the payment of 300 dollars was routed through a prominent money-transfer service. The account was registered with a US address, the report said.
VOIP is a technology that enables a person to make or receive telephone calls through the internet.
Meeting for the first time Wednesday since the Mumbai terrorist strikes, India's Parliament condemned the attacks that left more than 170 dead and called for strict action.
Referring to last month's Mumbai siege and the serial bombings in north-eastern Assam state in October, lower house speaker Somnath Chatterjee, said: "These terrorist attacks on the country are a crime against humanity."
"The house calls for strict action and all out efforts to prevent recurrence of such cowardly and inhuman attacks," Chatterjee said.
"The scourge of terrorism must be countered at all levels by the people and the government," Hamid Ansari, chairman of the upper house said.
Federal Home Minister P Chidambaram planned to make a statement on the Mumbai terrorist attack in the lower house Thursday, to be followed by a debate, federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Vayalar Ravi said.