Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Warned India of Terror Attack from the Sea, Says US

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Warned India of Terror Attack from the Sea, Says US

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THE United States warned India before last week's attacks in Mumbai that terrorists were believed to be plotting a mostly seaborne assault on the city, a White House official said today.

According to US media reports, the unnamed official would not elaborate on the timing or details of the warning to Indian counterparts, beyond confirming ealier suggestions that America had passed on the information.

The revelation will inflame the internal row in India over widespead accusations of security and intelligence failures before and after the attacks last week, which have led to resignations among political figures. Indian officials have confirmed that some warnings were passed to internal security agencies in the month before the attack, but it is not clear whether these were the ones originating from the US.

The rows came as India cranked up the tension with Pakistan by demanding that it hand over suspected terrorists living in the country.

The Indian foreign minister, Pranab Mukherjee, said the names of about 20 people - including India's most wanted man were given to Shahid Malik, Pakistan's high commissioner to Delhi, during a meeting last night. Since the attacks last week Indian officials have maintained that the terrorists came from their neighbour and fellow nuclear power.

The demand for Pakistan to hand over suspects was first made after the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament by Kashmiri militants which led to a prolonged military stand-off between the two countries.

The list is said to include Dawood Ibrahim.

He is the former head of a Mumbai crime syndicate known as the D-Company and is said to have strong links to the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, which India blames for the attacks.

Pakistan's reaction to the demand was non-committal. …

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