(NEW DELHI) — India pointed the finger at the Pakistani government on Wednesday as having some role in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left more than 160 people dead.
Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram alleged at a press conference that an Indian man being held as one of the planners of the siege in Mumbai has confessed that he and five other men oversaw the attacks from what was described as a “control room” in Karachi.
The suspect identified as Abu Jindal told authorities that he and others in the room gave the orders to 10 gunmen to go on the massive hostage-taking and killing spree that lasted three days. Eventually, all but one of the assailants were killed by Indian security forces.
Chidambaram said his government has tapes of the phone conversations, which show that there was Pakistani state involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
The accusation will probably fall on deaf ears in Islamabad, as the Pakistani government has repeatedly refuted allegations that its rogue spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, coordinated the operation with the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
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Holly Yan, Chuck Johnston and David Williams, CNN
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