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India: Pakistani Spies Linked to Mumbai Attackers

India's Foreign Secretary has linked Pakistan's spy agency to last year's deadly attacks in Mumbai.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/5/2009, 6:15 PM

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Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has linked Pakistan's ISI spy agency to the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year. Menon made the connection in a speech in Paris on Wednesday that was released to the media Thursday.

"The perpetrators [of the Mumbai attacks] planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organizers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI,” Menon accused.

Menon had previously accused Pakistan of failing to bring the attackers to justice, and Indian officials have said the Mumbai attackers must have had support from within Pakistani agencies. However, Menon's latest speech is the first time the ISI has been blamed by name.

Pakistan has denied official involvement in the attacks, but has agreed that Pakistani terrorists were responsible.

India has accused Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar e-Taiba of carrying out the attacks. The group has attacked India in the past, and Mumbai police say it was behind a series of attacks in mid-2006 that murdered more than 200 people.

On November 26, 2008, terrorists struck ten locations across Mumbai in a coordinated attack that lasted for three days. Terrorists used automatic weapons and grenades to murder their victims. At least 173 people were killed and 308 were wounded in the attacks.

Among the location's targeted was the Nariman House run by local Chabad emissaries Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg. The Holtzbergs were murdered in the attack along with four Jewish guests, most of them Israeli. Their young son Moshe was rescued by his nanny.