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Lashkar denies involvement in Mumbai terror attacks

By IANS,

Srinagar : The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group Thursday denied it had any links with those who carried out the Mumbai terror strikes in which over 100 people were killed.

A caller identifying himself as Dr. Abdullah Ghaznavi called the local office of the Zee TV network and said the LeT had no links with the terror group that had owned responsibility for the Mumbai terror strikes.

"Let (Lashkar-e-Taiba) condemns such acts and we have no link with those responsible for such acts.

Modi calls for chief ministers meeting on internal security

By IANS,

Ahmedabad : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to urgently convene a meeting of all the chief ministers to evolve an appropriate strategy to ensure internal security of the country and tackle the threat posed by terrorism.

Modi also demanded an urgent meeting of the Indian Navy and Coast Guards chiefs with the state chief ministers of the states on the west coast to draft out a special strategy for the internal security of the coastal states.

Mumbai-bound passengers stuck at airports in Tamil Nadu

By IANS,

Chennai : Flights to Mumbai from Chennai and the temple city of Madurai, 400 km south of here, were delayed leaving passengers on tenterhooks Thursday.

A scheduled flight operated by a private airline bound for the financial capital with 48 passengers on board returned after 40 minutes following a technical snag, sources in the airport said.

K.N. Rajamani, 33, a resident of Vashi, a satellite city on Mumbai's northern outskirts was worried about his pregnant wife Nitya, 29.

Manmohan blames foreign group for Mumbai terror

By IANS,

New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said the terrorists who attacked Mumbai killing over 100 people were "based outside the country" and warned that India will no more allow terrorists to stage attacks with impunity.

"It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with a single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country," the prime minister said in his address to the nation.

Pakistan condemns Mumbai terror strikes

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS,

Islamabad : Pakistani leaders have strongly condemned the killing of over 100 people in synchronised terror attacks in India's commercial capital of Mumbai, calling for "strict measures" to counter the scourge.

President Asif Ali Zardari, while condemning the blasts and firing, called for strict measures to deal with terrorism. "President Zardari stressed the need for taking strict measures to eradicate terrorism and extremism from the region," a brief message issued by the ministry of information said.

European Parliament delegation has lucky escape in Mumbai

By IANS,

New Delhi/Mumbai : A 16-member delegation of the European Parliament had a lucky escape at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai Wednesday night.

The delegation checked into the iconic seafront hotel, a popular haunt of foreign tourists, in the evening and went out after freshening up.

The delegates were not in the hotel when the terror strike took place around 10.30 p.m., said an official of the 27-nation European Union in New Delhi.

“All of them managed to survive unscathed. They are all out of danger,” he said.

Six kids crushed by train at Ghaziabad

By IANS,

Ghaziabad : Six school children were killed Thursday afternoon when a speeding train ran over them at a railway track here.

The incident took place around 2 p.m. while the school kids were crossing the rail tracks near Ramprastha locality, in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh, adjoining the national capital Delhi.

The children were crushed by the Guwahati-Rajdhani superfast train which they failed to see approaching.

The critically injured children were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were declared brought dead.

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Investigators have picked up clues on Mumbai attacks

By NNN-PTI,

New Delhi : Investigators have picked up certain clues in connection with the terror attacks in Mumbai, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said here Thursday but refused to share details.

"We have certain information but it is premature information. It will not be proper to share premature information as it may compromise the ongoing operations," he told reporters after a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India steps up security across country following Mumbai attacks

By NNN-PTI,

New Delhi : Security has been strengthened across the country in the wake of a series of terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed over 100 lives and left more than 300 injured.

Intensified checking and patrolling were being carried out at bus terminals, railway stations, airport, cinema halls and other public places.

Hotel authorities were also asked to step up security at their establishments.

In the national capital that witnessed a serial blast in September, policemen have been deployed in full strength. The city is going to polls in the next 48 hours.

Pakistan ready to cooperate at all levels with India to fight against terrorism

By NNN-APP,

Chandigarh : Condemning the terrorist acts in Mumbai in the strongest possible terms, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan is ready to cooperate with India at all levels to fight against menace of terrorism.

Speaking at the International Conference on Cooperative Development , Peace and security in South Asia and while talking to newspersons here Thursday, the Pakistan Foreign Minister said his heart goes out to families who have lost their near and dear ones in this tragic incident.

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