by Marii Stoltsen
In a response to criticisms about intelligence and security failures, the active police force in Mumbai conducted
raids of locations targeted in last week’s brutal attacks and discovered two four-kilogram bombs hidden in a bag at Chhatrapati Shivaji train station. The police, who had reopened the station on the Thursday following the attacks after declaring it safe, are not sure why the bombs were not found earlier and fears of new attacks have surfaced.
The attacks, which killed 171 people and injured 239, are suspected to be the work of the outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who were also responsible for the Mumbai train bombings of 2006. The fears of more attacks in the near future were solidified as interrogations with the only surviving attacker confirmed the existence of specialised Lashkar camps for terror action in Pakistan.
The American and British governments, whose citizen’s were the main targets of the attacks, are demanding Pakistan cooperate in the investigation into the three-day terrorist siege. US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice arrived in New Delhi today to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials, calling for “resolve and urgency” from Pakistan in dealing with the matter. Pakistan’s president Asif Zardari assured that he would “look into all the possibility of any proof” and insists that the 20 suspected terrorists be tried under Pakistani law.
The British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, expressed in an interview that “the modern threat to Pakistan does not come from India…[it] comes from within,” and insists that the Western nations have a duty to help Pakistan tackle terrorism through improving their security, the economy, and the political system. With the Mumbai terrorist attacks bringing the Pakistan situation to the forefront of national issues, the pressure is on the West to act.