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India arrests two in connection with Mumbai terrorist attacks
India Arrests 2 in Connection with Mumbai Terror Attacks
A senior police official says Saturday the men were arrested Friday in the eastern city of Kolkata - also known as Calcutta. He says they are charged with buying mobile phone cards - also known as SIM, or Subscriber Identity Modules - used by the terrorists during the attack, which killed more than 170 people.
Indian officials say the cards enabled the terrorists to talk to their commanders in Pakistan during the attacks.
Police say one of the men is from West Bengal, while the other is a local police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
The arrests expand the number of Indian nationals suspected of aiding the terrorists. On Friday, officials said an Indian national named Faheem Ansari arrested in February had been carrying detailed drawings of sites targeted in the Mumbai attacks.
Meanwhile, airports in New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai are on high alert again today, following threats earlier in the week of possible airborne terror attacks.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the Mumbai terrorist attacks had angered the country "as never before," and that those responsible must be brought to justice.
Earlier Friday, India's top law enforcement official acknowledged there were security lapses ahead of the attacks.
The country's new Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters the attacks must be a trigger for "fundamental change" in the country's attitude towards terrorism. His predecessor, Shivraj Patil, resigned last week, in the wake of the attacks.
By VOA News
06 December 2008
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