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Kilder i den indiske regjeringen hevder at så mange som opp til 7 britisk-fødte pakistanere er blant terroristene som angrep Mumbai. Noen kan være fra Leeds og Bradford, der terroristene som sto bak bombene i London 7 juli kom fra.

I følge sjefminister for Mumbai, Vilasrao Deshmukh, er det 2 britisk-pakistanere blant de 8 terroristene som er anholdt. Minst 9 andre er rapportert døde:

The eight arrested were captured by commandos after they stormed two hotels and a Jewish centre to free hostages today.

One security official said: ‘There is growing concern about British involvement in the attacks.’

Mer enn 150 mennesker er blitt drept i angrepene og 370 er såret. 3 av de arresterte er offisielt blitt identifisert som pakistanske statsborgere og 2 er indiske. 1 er rapportert å være fra Mauritania.

Indiske myndigheter har foreløpig ikke frigitt noen detaljer om de to britene som skal være arrestert. Sikkerhetstjenesten i Storbritannia er nå i ferd med å studere bilder av terroristene i et forsøk på å identifisere dem.

Statsminister Gordon Brown sier at han skal snakke med den indiske statsministeren igjen i morgen, men advarer om at det er for tidlig å komme med noen konklusjoner om hvorvidt britiske statsborgere er involvert.

India’s High Commissioner Shiv Shankar Mukherjee added: ‘I have seen nothing more than what is in the media and that is based on speculation. I will wait for the investigation to produce some hard facts.’

A team of Scotland Yard anti-terrorist detectives and negotiators are now on their way to Mumbai to assist in the investigation.

Indian commandos have recovered credit cards and the militants’ ID cards as well as seizing a vast arsenal of grenades, AK-47 magazines, shells and knives.

A previously unknown Islamic group, Deccan Mujahideen, has claimed responsibility for the attacks but terror experts believe is is linked to Al Qaeda.

Det er forøvrig kjent at dusinvis av britisk-fødte pakistanere har reist for å trene i pakistanske leire i løpet av de siste årene.

One security source said recently: ‘The camps are full and many of the people inside are Brits.’

There has been speculation that a British Al Qaeda suspect reportedly killed by a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan last weekend may have helped plot the attacks.

Rashid Rauf was among five killed in a missile attack in a tribal area in North Waziristan on Saturday.

Security sources believe that at the time of his death Rauf had been planning a major attack on Western targets.

Met officers were also interviewing passengers returning from Mumbai as they stepped off planes at Heathrow.

There was also speculation that England cricketers could have been an intended target of the terrorists.

It emerged that some of the team had been due to stay in Mumbai, most likely the Taj Mahal, on Wednesday evening before a late decision was made to switch training to Bangalore.

Shocked player Michael Vaughan said: ‘I don’t know why it was switched but we could have been there in one of those hotels when they were attacked.

Den indiske statsministeren Manmohan-Singh legger ansvaret for blobadet i Mumbai på militante grupper i «utlandet» – vanligvis i betydningen Pakistan – noe som har vakt frykt for økte spenninger mellom de 2 atommaktene. Pakistan har fordømt terrorangrepene.

Daily Mail: Massacre in Mumbai: Up to SEVEN gunmen were British and ‘came from same area as 7/7 bombers’

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