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Mumbai attacks raise pressure on a beleaguered Pakistan

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Indian officials and foreign observers have started to blame Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for last week's deadly Mumbai terror attacks, turning up the heat on a country faced with rising instability and growing militancy on a number of fronts.

More than 172 people died in the attacks, in which a handful of armed gunmen attacked the city's main train station as well as luxury hotels and a Jewish community center, taking hostages in a 60-hour-long standoff. More than 300 people were wounded, says Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Responsibility for the Mumbai attacks was initially claimed by a new group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen, but before the standoff was over Indian officials accused Pakistan-based groups of playing a role.

A Pakistani militant group called Lashkar-e-Taiba has come under suspicion, the Associated Press reports.

An Indian police official said the only gunman captured alive after the attacks claimed to belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and one long seen as a creation of the Pakistani intelligence service.

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