Pakistan's Own Probe Sees Local Links to Mumbai

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2008 9:24 PM CST
People light candles as they pay homage to victims of last month's terror attacks in Mumbai, India, Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
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(Newser) – Pakistani officials are gradually coming to the same conclusion about the Mumbai attacks as their Indian counterparts: The plot was hatched in Pakistan, and the attackers were trained there by a militant group with long ties to the Pakistani military, the Wall Street Journal reports. The evidence is becoming clear as officials interrogate a captured leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the development will likely raise pressure on Pakistan to prosecute or extradite the group's members.

"He is singing," a Pakistani official said of the captured leader, who has reportedly confessed to helping conceive and execute the attacks. His statements corroborate much of what the lone gunman to be captured has said. "They've got the guys. They have the confessions. What do they do now?" said a Western diplomat. "We need to see that this is more than a show. We want to see the entire infrastructure of terror dismantled. There needs to be real prosecutions this time."