Angela Balakrishnan
The Guardian
November 28, 2008

It is too early to tell whether British-born Pakistanis were among the Mumbai terrorists, Gordon Brown said today in response to claims that at least two Britons were involved.

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The Foreign Office is investigating reports on the Indian channel NDTV quoting Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Maharashtra state, as saying there were British nationals among the militants arrested.

In a televised address yesterday, the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, said the attacks had “external links”, which was interpreted as a reference to Pakistan.

Brown said today that he would talk to Singh about the claims of British involvement. “I would not want to be drawn into early conclusions about this. There is so much information still to be discovered and made available. I have heard what prime minister Singh has said and I’ll talk to him about it this morning,” he told Sky News.

“But obviously when you have terrorists operating in one country they may be getting support from another country or coming from another country and it is very important that we strengthen the cooperation between India and Britain in dealing with these instances of terrorist attacks.”

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