US suspects Pakistani intelligence of Indian embassy bombing: Report

August 1st, 2008 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS  

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Washington, Aug 1 (DPA) US intelligence agencies believe that Pakistani intelligence agents were involved in the July 7 bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, the New York Times (NYT)reported Friday, citing unnamed US government officials. The Kabul attack left 54 people dead, including an Indian defence official posted at the embassy.

The US conclusions came from communications intercepted between the attackers and Pakistani intelligence officers, the NYT reported.

The intercepts were made before the Kabul attack but containing too few specifics to spark a particular warning, US officials reportedly told the newspaper.

The NYT quoted an anonymous state department official as saying that the intercepts were “finally direct proof” of Pakistani intelligence involvement with Afghan militants.

“It confirmed some suspicions that I think were widely held,” the official was quoted as saying.

Indian officials have previously accused Pakistan’s ISI of a hand in the Kabul bombing.

Pakistan has been a key US ally in the war of terrorism since 2001, but the ISI had longstanding links to Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban regime and has been suspected by the US of divided loyalties despite Islamabad’s official stance against Islamic militants.

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