Cops Foiled Earlier Mumbai Terror Plot

Police believe captured Indian militant was among attackers' local accomplices
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2008 6:50 AM CST
Indian police officers guard the landmark Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008.    (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – Indian police busted a terror cell planning to attack Mumbai earlier this year that was directed by the same two Pakistani-based terror kingpins accused in last week's attacks, said police. Those captured Pakistani and Indian militants, still being held, had guns, explosives, and maps of Mumbai landmarks, the New York Times reports. One suspect said he had received 4 months training from Pakistan's ISI spy agency.

Police suspect last week's attackers, believed to be Pakistani, worked with local Indian accomplices. Though they haven't found any, they say one Indian Muslim in the foiled plot filled such a role and that his interrogation has revealed close ties between ISI and the Lashkar-e-Taiba group accused in the attacks. India's security forces are already under fire for lapses and the news that they had strong indications of the terror targets is certain to increase public anger.