LeT responsible for Mumbai attacks: Germany

Germany,which lost three of its citizens in Mumbai terror strikes,said it felt that Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attacks.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: January 22, 2009 5:20:12 pm

Germany,which lost three of its citizens in Mumbai terror strikes,on Thursday said it felt that Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attacks but cannot hazard a guess on other groups that could be linked to al Qaeda being behind it.

“Based on whatever investigations we have conducted till now,we feel it is LeT that is responsible for these attacks,” Joerg Ziercke,President of Germany’s Federal Police told reporters in New Delhi.

“But apart from that we cannot hazard a guess on what are the other parties that are part of the groups also involved in this. When I say other groups,I mean other groups that have linkages with the al-Qaeda,” he said speaking through an interpreter.

Ziercke said the German investigators do not know whether the LeT had direct connections in Mumbai attacks. “…that is something we are not completely sure of as yet,” he said.

Ziercke shared the German perspective on the Mumbai attacks in his discussions on Thursday with NSA M K Narayanan,Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and IB Director Rajiv Mathur. He also met CBI Director Ashwini Kumar and top officials in the Narcotics Control Bureau.

The German official said his discussions with Indian officials did not focus on the evidence New Delhi had given to Pakistan with regard to the Mumbai terror attacks.

“We generally spoke about the incident,the German perspective and what we have to say about it,” he said.

However,German Ambassador Bernd Mutzelberg said he expected the Pakistani authorities to act on the leads given to them and also proceed on their own investigations into the Mumbai attacks.

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