India and Germany to expand police cooperation
India and Germany agreed on intensifying police cooperation in the wake of the Mumbai bombings, a senior German official said Thursday.
Several new measures were agreed upon "in the framework of our future closer cooperation," said Joerg Ziercke, president of Germany's federal police agency (BKA), in New Delhi, reported dpa.
The measures include regular exchange of information on terror threats, anti-terrorism legislation and technologies used by terrorists. The BKA was also to set up six-month training courses for Indian police officers in Germany.
Germany believed that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) a militant outfit based in Pakistan, was responsible for the November terror attacks which killed more than 170 people, Ziercke said.
He stressed he importance of "drying out" terrorist training camps in the Pakistani tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, who proved a main reservoir for terrorists. "There is also a number of German citizens among them," Ziercke said.
For example the Uzbek Islamic Jihad Union, which had planned terror attacks in Germany, had operated training camps in Pakistan. Six large-scale terrorist attacks had been prevented in Germany since 2001, he said.