India demands Pakistan hand over 20 fugitives

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India has demanded that Pakistan hand over 20 of its most wanted fugitives as a sign of good faith in the aftermath of last week's terror attacks.

Among those on the list are Dawood Ibrahim, a Mumbai underworld leader, and Maulana Masood Azhar, a Pakistani Muslim cleric freed from jail in India in exchange for passengers on a hijacked plane.

Indian investigators have said the Mumbai attackers had months of training in Pakistan by the Lashkar-e-Toiba group, and Ibrahim is said to be one of the group's major financers. Pakistan said it would "frame a response" once the list had been examined.

It also emerged yesterday that the US had warned India as early as October that an assault was being prepared. The attack would come "from the sea against hotels and business centres in Mumbai", according to a senior US official. Specific locations, including the Taj Mahal hotel, were listed in the warning. The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, is due to arrive in Delhi today.

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