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India Arrests Three in Connection with Mumbai Train Bombings

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India has arrested three men in connection with last week's Mumbai bombings that killed nearly 200 people.

The three men, all Indian Muslims, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in last week's attacks on packed commuter trains and stations in India's financial hub.

The chief of Mumbai's anti-terrorism squad, K.P. Raghuvanshi, told a news conference that the conspiracy was much wider than the three men who have been detained.

Raghuvanshi said their links appeared to come from Nepal and Bangladesh, but added they were also in some way directly or indirectly connected to Pakistan. He did not elaborate.

The three men appeared before a Mumbai court today (Friday) and were ordered to remain in police custody for 10 days. Investigators had detained hundreds of people for questioning, but these three are the first to be formally arrested.

Indian officials had repeatedly said they suspect the attacks were carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba, a Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group. The group, which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, has denied involvement.

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