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Pak shares DNA profiles of 26/11 terror suspects with Interpol

March 23, 2009 18:32 IST

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Pakistan has provided Interpol the DNA profiles of the Mumbai [Images] terror attack suspects, with the world police body immediately checking them for matches in its global database.

The Interpol received the profiles on Saturday and that would allow it to help Pakistan's Federal Investigative Agency to "determine the full international dimension of these attacks", said a statement issued from the world body's headquarters in Lyon, France [Images].

Commending Pakistan's move of sharing the profiles with 187 member countries, Interpol's Secretary General Ronald K Noble said it sets "a benchmark for Interpol in terrorist-related investigations."

Interpol, which immediately ran the information through its international database of some 85,000 DNA profiles, did not specify if there were any matches.

India has blamed Pakistan-based elements for the November 26 strikes that claimed over 170 lives, while Islamabad [Images] has initiated criminal proceedings against eight suspects.

Interpol had two weeks ago announced that Pakistan had agreed to share the DNA details obtained during its probe and asked India to provide similar details they had obtained in the process of their investigation into the 26/11 attack.

The agency said it was working to uncover links to the Mumbai attack in seven countries including India, the others being in Europe and Middle East but did not give details.

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