India names three Mumbai bombings suspects

[JURIST] Indian officials have named three suspects in Tuesday's Mumbai train bombings [BBC report] that killed some 180 people [Mumbai Police casualty list] in seven different coordinated blasts after authorities detained 350 people for questioning [JURIST report] Thursday. The suspects - Sayyad Zabiuddin and Zulfeqar Fayyaz named Thursday and a third man known only as Rahil [Hindu report] - were disclosed as a man claiming to represent al Qaeda called Indian investigators and said al Qaeda had set up a wing in Kashmir, on the border of India and Pakistan. Also on Friday, Nepal police arrested two Pakistanis in connection with the theft of RDX explosives in 2001, and will be investigated in connection with the Mumbai bombs. Officials believe that the group most likely to have carried out Tuesday's bombings is Lashkar-e-Tayyaba [Wikipedia backgrounder], a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group.

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. CBS/AP has more.

 

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