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Mumbai attack iconic: British spy chief

The head of Britain’s spy agency (MI5) accepted that terrorists who attacked Mumbai had connections with individuals in Britain, reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Jan 08, 2009 01:38 IST
Vijay Dutt

The head of Britain’s spy agency (MI5) accepted that terrorists who attacked Mumbai had connections with individuals in Britain.

He warned that Mumbai could become an “iconic” model for future terror attacks around the world.

MI5 has uncovered connections between the terrorist who launched terror attacks on Mumbai on November 26 and Britain, Jonathan Evans, the new chief of Britain’s secret service revealed.

He said the terrorists had direct links to Britain.

“We have looked at individuals’ communications, where they have been and so on and found they have got connections with most countries including the UK.”

He said billing records had been uncovered revealing telephone calls between the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba group suspected of being behind the Mumbai attacks and other countries, including Britain.

“But nothing of security significance was found,” Evans told the British media in the first ever interview given by a serving MI5 chief.

He also said that the core of Al Qaeda was based in Pakistan and added that scores of British Muslims were still travelling to terror training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan every year. Others were traveling to lawless areas of Somalia.