Alleged conspirators of Mumbai attacks arrested in Pakistan

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Sunday night raided a militant camp and arrested the alleged plotters of the Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder]. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi [START profile], head of the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [ADL backgrounder], was arrested, along with several other individuals believed to be responsible for the November attacks that left more than 170 dead. Lakhvi was allegedly in communication with the attackers via telephone [Telegraph report] throughout the attacks. Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence is alleged to have provided intelligence and support [Hindustan Times report] to LeT, and India remains skeptical [Time report] of Pakistan's efforts to bring the responsible parties to justice.

The attacks in Mumbai were carried out at ten locations across the city including the landmark Taj Mahal Palace hotel [hotel website]. In a statement [press release] to the nation a day after the attacks started, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [official website] said the country "will take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts... [and will] take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the safety and security of our citizens." In the wake of the attacks, Singh pushed for tougher anti-terrorism measures [JURIST report]. The attack was the worst the city has seen since a group of bombings killed more than 250 people in 1993.

 

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