Mumbai attack has Al Qaeda stamp: Condoleezza Rice

December 3rd, 2008 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) The US Wednesday refrained from pointing to an Al Qaeda hand in last week’s terror attack in Mumbai but said it bore the stamp of the militant group.”Whether there is a direct Al Qaeda hand or not, this is clearly the kind of terrorism in which Al Qaeda participates,” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said at a press conference here.

“This is not just terrorism in the general sense but meant to send a strong message that people are not safe,” she added

“It is not just a case of coming to any conclusions, although the US is engaged in information sharing and providing forensic help,” Rice maintained.

“It is important to go to the source to know what happen…to follow all the leads (there are),” she added.

In this context, Rice noted that Pakistan “has unequivocally said that it intends to cooperate” in the probe into the Mumbai blasts and that President Asif Ali Zardari “has said he will follow the leads wherever they go”.

“I think we should refrain from speculation on what Pakistan should do,” Rice said in reply to a question.

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