Indian Police Blame Train Bombings On Pakistan

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Police in Mumbai, India say they have proof that Pakistan intelligence service ISI was behind the bombing of commuter trains in Mumbai on July 11. They have 15 people in custody. Pakistan heatedly denied the allegations and demanded the Indian authorities provide proof.

MUMBAI, India – Pakistan's spy agency masterminded the July 11 train bombings that killed more than 200 people in the Indian city of Mumbai, the top police officer in charge of the investigation alleged Saturday.

Tariq Azim, Pakistan's minister of state for information, denied the claim, calling it "sad and unfortunate."

"We reject this allegation, and demand that India should provide us any evidence, if they have," Azim told The Associated Press.

Mumbai police Commissioner A.N. Roy said the attacks were planned by the spy agency and carried out by Pakistan-based Islamic militant group, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, assisted by the Students Islamic Movement of India, a banned Islamic group.

Addressing a news conference to announce the completion of the investigation, Roy said 15 people had been arrested, including 11 Pakistanis.

Roy said Pakistan's Directorate of Inter Services Intelligence, or ISI, the country's top spy agency, began planning the attacks in March and later provided training to those who carried out the bombings in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.

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Roy gave a detailed description of how the explosives were transported into India and by whom. He also described how the bombs were packed into pressure cookers and placed on the trains.

There have been many occasions where rogue elements of the ISI have proved to be behind various terror acts. So the accusations are plausible. The Indian police obviously believe they have enough evidence. This is not exactly going to calm things down between the two countries.

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