The chief of global police agency Interpol met Indian officials Saturday and pledged assistance in a probe into last month’s attacks in Mumbai by gunmen whom India insists came from Pakistan.
Ronald Noble met Home Minister P. Chidambaram and promised help in securing details of the 10 gunmen who attacked two luxury hotels, a rail station and a Jewish cultural centre on 26 November in Mumbai, officials said.
Noble told Chidambaram Interpol was comparing DNA profiles and other identifications of the attackers such as photographs and fingerprints with its global database of fugitives, home ministry officials said.
The attacks on India’s financial capital left 172 dead, including nine of the gunmen. One of the attackers was caught and is in police custody.
The Interpol secretary general also met the head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI).
by Pratap Chakravarty, AFP
Above: Ronald Noble, Interpol Chief, met Indian officials Saturday and pledged assistance in a probe into last month’s attacks in Mumbai by gunmen whom India insists came from Pakistan.(AFP/File/Louai Beshara)
“India and its CBI have much experience in using Interpol tools and services to track down terrorist fugitives,” Noble said in a statement.
“India understands that it cannot be expected to find the answers to this incident without the support of the global law enforcement community, and we will help ensure that this happens,” Noble added.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meanwhile urged Indian security agencies to use modern technology to try to prevent similar attacks.
“The role of technology in supporting our counter-terrorism and internal security efforts is not adequately appreciated,” Singh said Saturday in New Delhi.
“Other countries have used modern technology in their security structures with great effect. It acts not only as a force multiplier but can also provide solutions to human problems relating to command, coordination and communication,” he added.