WRAPUP 3-India police arrest two in Mumbai attacks probe

Sat Dec 6, 2008 7:42pm IST
 
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* Detained men helped attackers with mobile phone cards

* Pakistan went on alert after hoax call-report

* Indian airports on alert for fourth day

* Explosives found in hospital

By Tamajit Pain

KOLKATA, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Indian police said on Saturday they had arrested two men who helped the Mumbai attackers get mobile phone cards which they used for communications during their three-day rampage.

Police in the eastern city of Kolkata identified the men as Tausif Rehman and Mukhtar Ahmed and said they were picked up on Friday after investigators traced some of the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards recovered from the gunmen.

"We are questioning them about procurement of SIM cards used in Mumbai," Jawed Shamim, deputy commissioner of detectives in Kolkata, told Reuters.

The arrests are further evidence of Indian complicity in the three-day rampage. New Delhi has blamed the attacks on Islamic militants from neighbouring Pakistan, raising tension between South Asia's longtime foes, both nuclear-armed.  Continued...

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