Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bangladesh Militants Involved in Mumbai Attacks, Dawn Reports

Jay Shankar
February 5

Pakistani investigators probing the terrorist attacks on India’s financial hub of Mumbai have evidence a banned militant group in Bangladesh was involved, the Dawn newspaper reported, citing officials it didn’t identify.

Investigators have determined that the Harkat-nl-Jihad-al Islami organization planned the Nov. 26-29 assault and trained the terrorists who took part, according to the report. The attack killed 164 people.

The Bangladesh connection will be included in a report to be submitted by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency to the government and will be shared with India, according to the newspaper. The report may indicate the Mumbai attack was carried out by an “international network of Muslim fundamentalists,” Dawn said.

India blames Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attack. It presented Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s government with a dossier last month that it said proved the involvement of Pakistani nationals. Gilani said on Feb. 1 his government has investigated information provided by India on the attacks and will respond.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jay Shankar in Bangalore at

See also:

Reuters-US' Holbrooke to visit India

Reuters - Pakistan must cooperate with India on Mumbai

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