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India demands Pakistan hand over fugitives


India is insisting that it is not considering a military response to the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The comments come from the country’s foreign minister after its demand that Pakistan hand over 20 of India’s most wanted men in a sign of good faith. Islambabad says it is working on its response.

India has blamed Islamist militants based in Pakistan for last week’s attacks that killed 183 people. But Pakistan denies any involvement by its state agencies and is promising to work with India on the investigation. US agents from the FBI are among those helping authorities gather clues about the attacks. Some 22 foreigners were among those killed. The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, is also due to visit both India and Pakistan this week amid rising tensions over the killings. Indian investigators claim the Mumbai militants had months of commando training in Pakistan by the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which is also blamed for a deadly attack on India’s parliament in 2001.

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