Germany offers India counter-terror equipment

January 21st, 2009 - 11:18 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Germany Wednesday offered India cutting-edge equipment to counter terror when the head of German Federal Crime Office held talks with top Indian security and intelligence officials over the Mumbai terror attacks.Jörg Ziercke, the chief commissioner of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (Bundeskriminalamt), held talks with National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan and discussed the ongoing investigations into the Mumbai attacks.

India shared evidence about the involvement of Pakistani nationals and their handlers in the Mumbai carnage, intelligence sources told IANS.

Germany offered India advanced equipment related to coastal security, the sources added.

Narayanan shared with his German interlocutor steps taken by India to spruce up the country’s security and counter-terror infrastructure that included the setting up of a federal investigative agency to deal with terrorism.

Ziercke also met Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Ashwini Kumar and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Mathur and shared with them Germany’s experience in dealing with trans-national extremist networks.

One German national was among the 173 killed in the terror attacks in Mumbai in November last year.

Ziercke will also go to Mumbai and visit the sites that were the target of 10 Pakistan-based terrorists who came via sea from Karachi to launch coordinated assaults in the city.

Ziercke, who has been involved with many counter-terror probes in Germany, comes here more than a month after German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble visited Delhi and offered equipment and assistance of its special forces in combating terrorism.

During his talks with Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Schäuble had underlined the need for creating a federal agency which brings together police, intelligence and coastal authorities and for new communication technologies to intercept sensitive messages.

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