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Mumbai blasts probe points to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

(Xinhua)

13:51, September 01, 2011

MUMBAI, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The serial blasts in Indian commercial hub Mumbai on July 13 were believed to have been funded by Pakistani intelligence unit ISI via Saudi Arabia and carried out with the help of local terrorist group, reported Hindustan Times Thursday.

Maharashtra anti-terrorist squad (ATS) has conveyed this input to Indian Home Ministry, which is working to help the state anti- terrorist team substantiate its investigation, said the report.

However, this latest claim needs to be further verified and has gaps of information, discarding initial conclusion that only domestic terrorist was involved in the blasts leaving 26 people dead and over 100 injured.

Seven blasts, happened within 30 minutes at three sites in early evening on July 13, said the report.

The report said Maharashtra ATS got the information that the blasts were planned, coordinated and executed with the help of one General Murad from ISI as well as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Indian Mujahideen modules in the state, citing anonymous government sources.

The information said ISI funded Indian expatriates in Saudi Arabia and the latter then approached sleeper modules in Mumbai to execute the operation.

The explosives from the blasts were secured by ISI and given to local planters in Mumbai just before the blasts, according to ATS.

Still, ATS need to find the source of funding and the identification of coordinators in Saudi Arabia and Mumbai.

Additionally, Indian anti-terrorist force also needs to identify General Murad, which could be just a combat name.

This accusation of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan being the foreign hand behind the serial blasts could have adverse impact on their relationship with India.

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