Evidence Grows of Regional Hand in Mumbai

Bangladeshi may have played part; Pakistani group still top suspect
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 7:18 AM CST
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(Newser) – Indian authorities believe that all 10 of the known gunmen in last week's Mumbai attacks were Pakistani, but sources inside the Indian police now say that elements from Bangladesh may have aided the attack. CNN reports that a Bangladeshi national bought cell phone cards for the attackers, which they used to disguise their phone numbers and evade suspicion.

Meanwhile, new evidence emerged last night that Lashkar-e-Taiba, the banned Pakistani militant group, orchestrated the attacks from two cities in Pakistan, notes the New York Times. The attack's mastermind reportedly worked from Lahore while one of Lashkar's leading figures spoke to the terrorists from Karachi. Many Western officials and terrorism experts have cautioned against any quick conclusions.