Mumbai attack: Malaysia to contact Interpol
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Last Updated: Monday, December 01, 2008, 00:00
Kuala Lumpur, Dec 01: Malaysia will coordinate with Interpol over reports that some of the Mumbai attackers passed themselves off as Malaysian citizens, news reports said on Monday.

National police chief Musa Hassan said that officials will also check Indian reports that the militants used Malaysian addresses to rent apartments there, state media said.

"We must check the facts are genuine and the police will go through Interpol. It's too early to say anything. It's only a claim by the Indian newspapers," he told Bernama news agency.

"Once we obtain the full details on the matter, we will take the necessary action. Until then we will not interfere in the matter," he added.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said that it was possible that fake Malaysian passports were used, the Star newspaper reported.

"Right now, there is nothing to link Malaysia with the attacks. People should stop speculating and let the Indian authorities complete their investigations," Syed Hamid said.

He said Malaysia would give its full cooperation if requested.

An Indian news report had said that nine of the gunmen claimed to be Malaysian students when they travelled to Mumbai several months ago.

But Syed Hamid denied any local link to the attackers and said that the security services were monitoring the situation closely.

At least 172 people were killed and almost 300 were wounded in the 60-hour assault that began on Wednesday evening. India's Deputy Home Minister Shakeel Ahmad said on Monday that the Mumbai attackers were all from Pakistan.

About 30 foreigners were killed in the carnage, including one Malaysian woman.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, December 01, 2008, 00:00

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