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Malaysia to probe reports of Mumbai attacks link - paper

Candles and flowers placed for victims of the Mumbai attacks are seen in front of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai November 30, 2008. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will assist India in investigating reports that gunmen in the Mumbai attacks had used Malaysian addresses to rent apartments in the Indian financial capital, a local newspaper said on Sunday.

Islamist gunmen killed nearly 200 people over three days in attacks on two of Mumbai’s best-known luxury hotels and other landmarks in the city.

“We will definitely look into the addresses to see if the gunmen have a Malaysian link,” Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan was quoted by the online version of the Star newspaper as saying.

Indian police have yet to provide details on the gunmen’s identity and the addresses, he said.

Musa said Malaysian police were also liaising with their Indian counterparts to verify Malaysian credit cards found at the scene of the attacks. He said Malaysian police were also checking with Interpol on the matter.

“Right now, we do not know if the card is genuine or fake and also to whom it belongs to. The card could belong to Malaysian tourists as a number were staying at the hotels affected,” he said.

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