Mumbai Terror Suspect's Arrest
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At least 172 people were killed and hundreds more hurt when a team of 10
terrorists armed with automatic weapons and grenades attacked sites across the
Indian city last week.
The footage, which was captured on a mobile phone, shows security services
beating the alleged terrorist before he is taken away.
A senior Indian police officer said Ajmal Qasab later told interrogators he
belonged to a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan
region of Kashmir.
Joint Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said Ajmal Qasab admitted he had been
trained at a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Pakistan.
He is accused of being one of 10 men who paralysed the city in an attack that
targeted two top luxury hotels, Mumbai's biggest railway station, a Jewish
centre, and several other sites.
Earlier, an elite Indian commando told Sky News how he was shot by terrorists
as he searched for survivors at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
Lashkar-e-Taiba, long seen as a creation of the Pakistani intelligence service
to help fight India in disputed Kashmir, was banned in Pakistan in 2002 under
pressure from the US, a year after Washington and Britain listed it a terrorist
A senior Indian government official has been reported as saying that all the
gunmen were from Pakistan.
The bloody attacks have sparked fears of a confrontation between the two
countries, both of which have nuclear weapons.
There is growing anger in India over the attacks. People have been highly
critical of their political leaders, saying their bickering and ineptness was
It has already led to the resignations of India's home minister Shivraj Patil
and National Security Advisor M K Narayanan - and now Maharashtra's state chief
minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has offered to resign.
Meanwhile in the US, outgoing president George W Bush is to send Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice to India as a "further demonstration" of US solidarity
in the wake of the attacks.
"Secretary Rice's visit to India is a further demonstration of the United
States' commitment to stand in solidarity with the people of India as we all
work together to hold these extremists accountable," White House spokeswoman
Dana Perino said.
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