Pakistan sends Mumbai terror suspects’ DNA profiles to Interpol

March 23rd, 2009 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) Pakistan has sent the DNA profiles of the four suspected terrorists linked to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to the Interpol, media reports said Sunday.
DNA samples of the four accused, including those of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group, have been sent to the Interpol, Geo TV said, citing unnamed sources.

Four more suspected terrorists, allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks, are currently in the custody of Pakistani authorities.

Another media report said that the Interpol had immediately ran the information through its international database of some 85,000 DNA profiles to help the Pakistani investigators carry out their search for “the full international dimension” of the attacks.

It did not say if there were any matches.

Interpol had received the information Saturday, about two weeks after announcing that Pakistan planned to hand over the DNA profiles, the Fox news quoted a source at the Interpol office in Lyon, France, as saying.

The Interpol said its 187-member countries can also compare their individual DNA databases against the data from Pakistan.

The global police agency said Pakistan agreed to share the DNA profiles obtained during a probe by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to help determine if there were broader international links to the attacks.

The Interpol statement Sunday, however, didn’t specify how or from whom the DNA information was culled.

India says 10 gunmen, only one of whom was caught alive, were Pakistanis and blamed a Pakistan-based militant group for the November terrorist attacks that killed over 170 people.

Pakistan said last month that some leads pointed to Europe and the US. Pakistan has announced criminal proceedings against eight suspects over the attacks.

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