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India Releases Names of Mumbai Terror Suspects

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Indian police have released the names of nine suspected gunmen killed during last month's three-day terrorist siege in Mumbai, which also claimed the lives of more than 170 people.

A police investigator (Rakesh Maria) said Tuesday that authorities have uncovered new details about the suspects and traced their hometowns to Pakistan. Police also released the gunmen's aliases and showed photographs of eight of the suspects.

A photo of the ninth gunman was withheld because his body was too badly burned. Also Tuesday, the Pentagon welcomed Pakistan's raids on alleged terrorist bases in the northwest, which are reported to have netted the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks. But Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell stressed that counter-terror efforts must be made on

In New York, India urged the U.N. Security Council to declare the Islamic charity Jammat-ud-Dawa a terrorist outfit. The charity is widely regarded as a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. India has identified the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba as the prime suspect in the attacks. Indian Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed called on the 15-member body to help punish anyone responsible for the Mumbai carnage by adding them to a U.N. terrorism blacklist.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said in an opinion piece in "The New York Times" Tuesday that Islamabad is committed to finding and punishing all those responsible for the attacks. However, Pakistani officials say they will not turn over suspects to India. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi says Pakistan will take action against them in its own legal system.

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