ISI hand in Kabul blast not ruled out: army chief

July 10th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) The involvement of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency cannot be ruled out in the “well planned and pre-meditated” terror attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul that claimed 54 lives, Indian Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor said here Thursday. “The attack was well-planned and premeditated. ISI elements could be involved in the attack. But I do not want to deny or confirm it,” Kapoor told reporters here.

“The attack was carried out by forces inimical to India,” he added, speaking on the sidelines of a function here at which he gave away scooters, buses and financial assistance to injured soldiers and the families of martyred soldiers.

Four Indians — two diplomats and two security personnel — were killed in the Monday attack that injured about 140, many of whom are in a precarious condition in hospital.

Kapoor also said that security could be beefed at the Kabul mission, if required.

“The ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) has been doing a good job. If there is a greater threat perception, we can provide help. We will look into it,” Kapoor said.

The security personnel who were killed belonged to the paramilitary ITBP and were deployed on guard duty at the embassy. The other Indians who were killed were defence attach

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