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Singh Asks Musharraf to Act Against Terrorism Directed at India


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says there are indications that Saturday's deadly bombings in New Delhi had links to Pakistani militants. He urged Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, to act against terrorism directed against India.

Mr. Singh spoke during a telephone conversation with President Musharraf, who called to express his condolences over the blasts. The attacks killed nearly 60 people and wounded more than 150 others.

Earlier Monday, General Musharraf told reporters Pakistan stands with India against what he called a "dastardly terrorist attack."

The nearly simultaneous attacks on a bus and two crowded markets were claimed by the little-known Islamic Revolutionary Front, which Indian officials say has ties to a leading Kashmiri separatist group.

A Pakistani cleric founded the group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, in the 1990's. Pakistan has outlawed the group, but it refuses to extradite its leader who is wanted in India in connection with an attack on its parliament in 2001 that killed 15 people.

New Delhi, meanwhile, remains on high alert on the eve of Hindu and Muslim holy festivals of Diwali and Eid al-Fitr.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.

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