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Lashkar link startles Sri Lanka

world Updated: Sep 11, 2010 02:02 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Sri Lankan defence and intelligence agencies were on alert after a news report on Thursday said that a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) member and key accused in the German Bakery blast in Pune was trained in Colombo.

The Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs is waiting for a detailed report from its diplomats in New Delhi on the alleged confessions of 29-year-old Mirza Himayat Baig arrested by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS).

"Baig received training in terror activities in Colombo," the Asian Age quoted ATS chief, Rakesh Maria, as having said.

It was confirmed that the Sri Lankan defence attaché at the Lankan High Commission in New Delhi has got in touch with Indian defence ministry officials.

"Reports in three Indian newspapers caught our attention. We are trying to verify the information and are in touch with Indian authorities," a Lankan diplomat told HT over phone from New Delhi.