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Pak accepts four 26/11 terrorists as 'nationals'

Pak accepts four 26/11 terrorists as 'nationals'

Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 10, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/world/pakistan/Pak-accepts-four-26/11-terrorists-as-nationals/articleshow/4877575.cms

Pakistan on Monday accepted that four out of nine terrorists who carried out the Mumbai terror attacks, were its nationals, Times Now reported.

Maharashtra government has now urged Pakistan to accept the bodies of the terrorists, currently lying at a Mumbai morgue.

Pakistan had earlier refused to accept that 26/11 perpetrators were its nationals and had not agreed to accept their bodies.

Few days back, in a "major breakthrough" in its probe into the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan had arrested a key suspect with links to the outlawed LeT for allegedly facilitating 26/11 strikes.

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which is spearheading Pakistan's probe into the Mumbai incident, arrested Jamil Ahmed on the basis of information provided by other suspects.

Sources in the FIA described Ahmed, a resident of Battagram in the unruly North West Frontier Province, as an "important suspect allegedly linked with" the LeT, the Daily Times newspaper reported.

Ahmed was arrested following the interrogation of five LeT operatives - operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abu Al-Qama, Zarar Shah, Shahid Jamil Riaz and Hamad Amin Sadiq- - arrested earlier by the FIA. These five men are being tried by an anti-terror court in connection with the Mumbai attacks.

"The suspects revealed the name of another suspect, Jamil Ahmed, of Battagram during interrogation. Ahmed also allegedly facilitated the acts of terrorism in Mumbai on November 26," a source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

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