Source: U.S. warned India about possible Mumbai attack
* Story Highlights
* U.S. warned India about potential Mumbai attack, source says
* Attacks that killed 179 people have strained India-Pakistan relations
* Suspect says he is from Pakistan, Indian authorities say
* Pakistan PM rejects accusations his country had role in Mumbai massacre
(CNN) -- The United States warned the Indian government about a potential
maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before last week's massacre in
the country's financial capital left nearly 180 dead, a U.S. counterterrorism
official told CNN.
U.S. intelligence indicated that a group might enter the country by water and
launch an attack on Mumbai, said the source, who refused to be identified due
to the ongoing investigation into the attacks and the sensitivity of the
Indian security forces have confirmed to CNN that not only did U.S. officials
warn them of a water-borne attack in Mumbai -- they were told twice. The area
entered a higher state of alert for a week, including tightened security
measures at hotels, but those efforts were eventually reduced, Indian officials
Local fisherman in Mumbai said they witnessed a group of gunmen dock their boat
Wednesday night, before heading toward the busy causeway.
Also, sources have told CNN-IBN that officials found phones and a global
navigational device on an abandoned boat floating off the coast of Mumbai. The
boat had been hijacked, intelligence officials told CNN-IBN. Watch Nic
Robertson's report about U.S. warningVideo
Four crew members who had been on board were missing. The captain was found
dead, lying face down with his hands bound behind his back.
India has made clear that it believes last week's coordinated attacks in Mumbai
originated in Pakistan, but the Indian government is under pressure to explain
the lapse of security that allowed the siege to occur.
Indian police say 179 people were killed in the attacks on 10 targets i4n
Mumbai. Most of the deaths occurred at the city's top two hotels, the Oberoi
and the Taj Mahal. Watch report about nanny saving infantVideo
Pakistani authorities say Islamabad has not received any evidence that
militants from within its borders carried out the attacks, but have vowed to
fully cooperate in the investigation. Suspicion has fallen on
Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a Pakistan-based terror group allied with al Qaeda, even
though it has denied responsibility. VideoWatch how attacks could damage
Pakistan banned the group in 2002 after an attack on India's parliament that
brought the two countries to the brink of war.
Indian security forces say they arrested a member of the group in February,
noting that the man was casing Mumbai for an attack.
U.S. counterterrorism officials continue to say signs are pointing to
Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and they haven't seen anything to rule it out. However, they
will not definitively say the group is responsible.
A team of FBI agents is in Mumbai to assist in the investigation, and U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is heading to New Delhi on Wednesday to try
to ease strained relations between the nuclear neighbors. VideoWatch Pakistan's
PM say his country will defuse tensions »
At the center of India's investigation is the lone suspect in police custody,
who Indian authorities say is Pakistani and trained by Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.
Indian officials have identified the suspect as a clean-shaven young man who
was photographed during the attack on Mumbai's Victoria Terminus train station.
One of the still images shows him walking with one arm outstretched and a gun
in his other hand, lowered by his side. He is wearing a black T-shirt, cargo
pants and a backpack. VideoWatch Anderson Cooper talk with Fareed Zakaria about
the attacks »
Indian police say the other nine attackers were killed in three days of battles
with police and the Indian military.
CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson contributed to this
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