4:28pm UK, Tuesday December 02, 2008

More details of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai that killed 172 people and wounded hundreds more have been released.

Gunman at Mumbai's CST railway station

Only one of the 10 gunmen was captured alive

Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor told a press conference: "There were 10 terrorists in five groups of two members each, who had come from Karachi in boats. They later hired five taxis to get to their destination."

Mr Gafoor further said that all the terrorists came from Pakistan and the probe suggests that they were first-time visitors to the city.

They had been trained for more than a year by ex-army personnel, Mr Gafoor said.

"They were carrying five time bombs. Two exploded in taxis in Vile Parle and Dockyard Road. One bomb was placed inside Oberoi hotel, one near Taj hotel."

Mr Gafoor said each terrorist had one AK-47 rifle, one pistol, hand grenades, and magazines along with detailed maps of the targeted places.

He said the terrorists - nine of whom were killed and only one captured alive - had been taught how to shoot strategically.

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Six pre-paid phone sim cards were bought from Delhi and Kolkata.

Mr Gafoor added that police were probing an email sent by a previously unknown group called Deccan Mujahideen, claiming responsibilities for the attacks.

He has also denied the involvement of any female member in the group of 10 terrorists.

Mr Gafoor said there was no evidence of any local support and said the investigations were in an advanced stage.

However, he said police had received an alert to say that a hotel could be attacked.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview to New Delhi TV, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee said he had not ruled out the option of military strikes against terror camps in Pakistan.

Mr Mukherjee said that every country had the right to protect its territorial integrity and take appropriate action when necessary.

He also said that it had become difficult to continue the peace process with Pakistan in the current atmosphere.