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FBI seeks questioning of more individuals in India's custody

FBI seeks questioning of more individuals in India's custody

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: January 9, 2009.
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/148860/FBI-seeks-questioning-of-more-individuals-in-Indias-custody.html

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which is helping Indian intelligence agencies and police in probing the Mumbai terror attack, has sought permission from New Delhi to interrogate more persons in its custody.

"The FBI continues its investigation in Mumbai attack and has asked to interview other individuals in Indian custody who may be able to provide critical information on attack planning and group leadership," Donald Van Duyn, Chief Intelligence Officer, Directorate of Intelligence, National Security Branch of FBI said in his testimony before Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

FBI's counter-terrorism agent and analysts were analyzing information on the Mumbai attacks to determine who was responsible, assess lessons learned, to determine if the US may be vulnerable to a similar attack,and determine the threat posed by the group-or individuals tied to the groupto the country, Duyn said.

Reiterating the US position that Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Toiba had provided the training and direction to the terrorists for the Mumbai attack, Duyn said FBI assesses that LeT remains a threat to US interests in South Asia and, to a lesser extent, the US Homeland.

"We have no current intelligence indicating that there is an organized LeT presence in the United States or that LeT senior leadership is seeking to attack the US Homeland. LeT does maintain facilitation, procurement, fund-raising, and recruitment activities worldwide, including in the United States," he said.

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