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Terror attack money trail traced to Karachi

CNN-IBN
Dec 10, 2008 at 05:04pm IST

New Delhi/ Mumbai: Payments for the Internet telephone account used by the terrorists who attacked Mumbai last month have been traced to the Karachi branch of a leading money transfer company.

That is the latest piece of evidence Indian investigators have found of alleged Pakistani involvement in the attack. Sources in the Government told CNN-IBN that a payment of $290 was made to Vox Phone, a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service provider, using fake identification.

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CNN-IBN journalist Toral Varia reports that two numbers were purchased from Vox Phone—one registered in New Jersey, America, and another in Vienna, Austria—and were then used to make and receive calls during the terror attack.

TARGET MUMBAI: Ajmal Amir Kasab walks through the CST railway station in Mumbai on November 26.

Indian investigators have records of these telephone calls in which terrorists are heard receiving instructions from Pakistan and giving updates to their handlers.

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India alleges that the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26 were trained and armed in Pakistan. Investigators say the sole terrorist who was captured alive in Mumbai has confessed that he was recruited by Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a commander of the banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

The Indian Government on Tuesday released the names and Pakistani hometowns of the other nine Mumbai terrorists. It also has presented Pakistan with a list of other fugitive terror suspects and demanded their extradition.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday announced that his Government had arrested Lakhvi and Zarrar Shah, another LeT leader.

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