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India detains hundreds in Mumbai bombing investigation

[JURIST] Indian authorities have detained approximately 350 people for questioning in connection with Tuesday's Mumbai train bombings [BBC report], which killed over 200 people and wounded 700. Police Inspector S. Goshal said Thursday that none of the detainees have been formally arrested or charged, but that authorities brought the detainees in to help investigate the Tuesday bombing. Careful not to rock the fragile peace process between India and Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [official website] asked his citizens to remain calm and avoid spreading rumors about the attacks [BBC report] during a televised statement [transcript; recorded audio] Wednesday, referring to the perpetrators as general terrorists.

Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna on Thursday demanded that Pakistan break up all existing terrorist networks in the country but stopped short of blaming Pakistan, amid speculation that Kashmiri militants [BBC backgrounder] played a role in the series of eight bombs. Pakistan, however, insists that it only offers the Islamabad funded militants diplomatic support and denied supporting the attacks. The UN Security Council [official website] immediately condemned the bombings [press release], calling them "reprehensible," and called on all countries to cooperate with India in the investigation. In a Wednesday statement [transcript], Council President Jean-Marc de la Sabliere said the Council "reaffirms the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts," and added that member states have an obligation under "international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law" to combat terrorism. AP has more.

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