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US offers help in Mumbai blasts probe

The US today offered assistance to India in its investigations of the Mumbai terror attacks.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2011 10:06 IST

The US on Thursday offered assistance to India in its investigations of the Mumbai terror attacks.

The United States stand ready to help India in its investigations of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the White House said, a day after more than 21 people were killed in a series blasts in India's financial capital.

"Obviously, the Indian government is investigating that (Mumbai attack). And we have offered to assist in any way we can. But I don't have any information regarding who might be responsible (for the bomb blasts)," the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference. At another news conference, the State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the Indian government is conducting its own investigation on this terrorist attack.

"We'll wait and see how that develops," he said when asked if the United States has any indication of possible Pakistani involvement or support for the Mumbai bombings.

The secretary of state Hillary Clinton travels to India next week for the second India-US Strategic Dialogue. Counter-terrorism, he said, would be one of the main focus of the talks which is now taking place in the immediate after math of the Mumbai blast.

"She continues with her plans to visit India next week. But you know, certainly, counter-terrorism is always an issue on the table when we talk to India. But it's conceivable that given yesterday's attacks, that it's going to perhaps be more at the forefront. But we enjoy good counter-terrorism cooperation with India," Toner said.