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‘26/11 control room shows state support’

India believes that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed was with the 26/11 key handler Abu Jundal in the control room set up in Pakistan with some kind of 'state support', the home minister P Chidambaram said on Friday.

'Such a control room could not have been set up without some kind of state support,' he said at a press conference here. Jundal, 30, arrested on 21 June on his arrival from Saudi Arabia, had found a 'very safe haven' in Pakistan, he said.

Jundal is being interrogated by the Delhi Police and other security agencies to ascertain all aspects of the conspiracy behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead, including some foreigners.

About the presence of others in the control room and whether Saeed was also there, Chidambaram said, 'Yes, others were present and we think one of them was Hafiz Saeed.'

He termed Jundal's arrest as an 'important development' as far as the investigations in the 26/11 Mumbai terror case were concerned.

'In fact, many of the missing pieces of the 26/11 conspiracy are now known to us through interrogation of Abu Jundal. He was a key operative, he was assigned the key responsibility of putting the 10 terrorists to intensive training and the customs followed by Mumbaikars, he added.
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