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Germany unsure if LeT directly behind attacks

Even as it acknowledged that all information about the Mumbai terror attacks pointed to the involvement of the Lashkar-e-Toiba....

Even as it acknowledged that all information about the Mumbai terror attacks pointed to the involvement of the Lashkar-e-Toiba,Germany on Thursday said it could not be conclusively ascertained as of now whether the Pakistan-based group was “directly” responsible for carrying out the incident.

The comments were made by Joerg Ziercke,the head of Germany’s Federal Police,after detailed discussions with a range of Indian officials,including National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta. “Based on the information coming out from the investigations,we can say that it is the LeT which is behind these attacks. But whether it was directly responsible,that is something that we are not completely sure of as yet,” Ziercke told reporters.

German Ambassador to India Bernd Mutzelberg said his country expected Pakistan to act swiftly on the evidence provided by India.

Ziercke’s trip follows last month’s visit by German Federal Minister for Interior Wolfgang Schauble who was invited by the Indian Government for discussions in the wake of the Mumbai attacks in which three Germans were also killed.

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Ziercke also held meetings with heads of the Intelligence Bureau,the newly-constituted National Investigating Agency,Central Bureau of Investigation and the Narcotics Control Bureau. He shared Germany’s experience in fighting terrorism after the September 11,2001 attacks in New York while the Indian side presented him fresh details of the investigations into the Mumbai incident.

The two sides agreed to step up cooperation on terror-related issues and ensure regular exchange of information between the investigating agencies of the two countries. An exchange programme for police officials was also proposed to be set up with the National Police Academy in Hyderabad.