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India's 9/11 increases tensions with Pakistan

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India's 9/11 increases tensions with Pakistan


The investigation into Mumbai’s terror attacks may have only just started but India’s claim the gunmen had Pakistani links is threatening to raise tensions with its neighbour.

India says most, if not all, of the 10 militants who held Mumbai in a state of terror during a three day rampage came from Pakistan.

In Islamabad, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani held cabinet meetings to discuss the growing crisis.

Pakistan has condemned the deadly attacks, denying any involvement, but says it could deploy troops to its border with India if tensions spill over.

On Saturday, special commando units finally killed the last of the gunmen, after fighting room to room in the city’s historic Taj Mahal hotel.

The material damage caused by the gun and bomb assault is clear. Less apparent is the final number of dead, thought to be in the region of 200 people citywide.

Already being described as India’s 9/11, most of the terrorists’ victims were Indian, but it is known at least 22 of those killed were foreigners, including one Briton.

India’s forces also paid the ultimate price and those who lost their lives have been declared heroes.

The Pakistani based group Lashkar-e-Taiba is thought to be at the heart of the attacks, after the only militant captured admitted being a member.

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