Who Attacked Mumbai? Eyes Turn to Pakistan

Police investigate terrorists' boat; no al-Qaeda link seen
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 8:35 AM CST
Indian security personnel stand guard at the Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station in Mumbai, India, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It's still unclear what group is behind the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that have now left 125 dead, but a consensus is growing that foreigners, possibly from Pakistan, may have orchestrated the assaults. Police are investigating the origins of a fishing boat that ferried the terrorists to Mumbai—and which many in the country's intelligence community say came from Karachi, the Pakistani capital.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh said that forces "outside the country" are to blame, and analysts in India, Europe, and the US all said that the scale and complexity of the attacks implied a foreign agent. Experts doubt any connection to al-Qaeda, which has no cells in India; instead, fingers are being pointed at two Pakistani organizations involved in the 2001 raid of the parliament building in Delhi and this year's attack at the Indian embassy in Kabul.