02/26/2009, 00.00
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India says two Pakistani officers among Mumbai terrorist

Investigators present a list of 37 people involved in last November’s attacks; it includes Indian and Pakistani nationals. Trial should take several months. The 11,000-page charge sheet contains accounts by more than 2,200 witnesses.
Mumbai (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Two members of Pakistan’s military are among the organisers of the Mumbai attack. Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam presented a list of 37 people charged with planning and abetting last November's attacks in Mumbai that killed 179 people in India’s financial hub. Indians and Pakistanis are one list that already included Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker captured by Indian security forces during the attack.

The names and rank of the two Pakistan army officials mentioned were not given, but Rakesh Maria, chief Indian investigator in the case, said they took part in training the gunmen.

Those charged as key planners of the attacks included Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the Indian wing of the militant Islamist Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) group, and senior Lashkar members Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah.

All three are accused of masterminding the attacks.

The accused also include two arrested Indians—Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin—accused of scouting Mumbai landmarks before last November’s attacks.

The charge sheet, which runs to some 11,000 pages, contains accounts by more than 2,200 witnesses as well as other evidence provided by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which helped Indian police with the probe.

The trial should be completed in 3-6 months.

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