Terrorist Expert on Mumbai Attack: Tactics Indicate Local Indian Outfit

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By Ben Cohen

According to terror expert Jason Burke, the horrific attacks on Jews, UK, U.S and Israeli citizens in Mumbai this week smacks of homegrown terrorism:

Putting together this jumble of tactics and the targeting of an


Orthodox Jewish centre and the apparent singling out of UK and US and


Israeli citizens would certainly seem to indicate a homegrown local


Indian outfit. The Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, is already


talking about the involvement of "external links" which could mean


al-Qaida or Pakistan, but analysts recently have down-played foreign


involvement in the series of attacks in the last 18 months. The


homegrown explanation fits, insofar as anything based on an unknown


name of an unknown group, with the claim of responsibility from the


Deccan Mujahideen who appear likely to be close to the fragmented but


effective Indian Mujahideen movement. The claims of responsibility the


Indian Mujahideen have made in recent months have been treated as


credible.