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FBI has proof linking Headley, Rana to 26/11

December 06, 2009 18:46 IST

The United States has indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has evidence linking American terror suspect David Coleman Headley and his Pakistani-Canadian accomplice Tahawwur Rana to the deadly Mumbai terror attacks.

A FBI team arrived in New Delhi on Sunday to hold discussions with their Indian counterparts, during which it may share information on Headley's links with several people in the country, including those linked to the Mumbai terror attacks.

Sources said the FBI has promised a lot of additional material on the interrogation of Headley and Rana, who has been arrested in Chicago in October for allegedly plotting terror attacks in India and Denmark. India is looking forward to the information the FBI is likely to share with Indian investigators but can't anticipate anything, said sources.

US President Barack Obama has shown personal interest in the Headley-Rana case and the matter was discussed during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24 during the White House summit in Washington.

Last week, National Security Adviser James Jones said that Obama has given instructions to US authorities to share information about Headley-Rana case with India, despite the limitation posed by the country's legal system.

He, however, said the US was unable to allow Indian investigators access to the arrested Lashkar-e-Tayiba operatives, because certain aspects of the US legal system protected the rights of the accused.

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