Thursday, February 19, 2009

No Bangla link in carnage: Cops

Mumbai police officials have denied the possibility of a Bangladeshi link to 26/11.

Bangladesh foreign affairs minister Hassan Mahmud hinted on Thursday that the terrorists involved in the 26/11 attacks might have used Bangladeshi soil, media reports said. This is the first time an official from the Bangladeshi government has pointed to a Dhaka involvement in the attack. "Since terrorist attacks have been happening in the region in the past few months, even in Mumbai, terrorists have cross-border links,'' Mahmud was quoted by the Bangladesh-based newspaper, The Independent.

"Not only Lashkar (LeT) and HuJI, but other terror organisations also. They trained in Afghanistan, they were in Pakistan, then they came here. It is dangerous. They cooperate among themselves, now we have to cooperate among ourselves in the region to combat them,'' Mahmud added.

Mumbai's police, however, have taken the official Indian line and discounted the possibility. "We have found nothing in the course of our probe that suggests any Bangladeshi link in 26/11,'' joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria told TOI.


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