- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

PARIS (AP) - Pakistan has provided Interpol with DNA profiles of suspected terrorists linked to the Mumbai attacks, the international police agency said Sunday.

Interpol said it immediately ran the information through its international database of some 85,000 DNA profiles to help Pakistani investigators carry out their search for “the full international dimension” of the attacks. It did not say if there were any matches.

India says the 10 gunmen _ only one of whom was caught alive _ were Pakistanis and blamed a Pakistan-based militant group for the November terrorist attacks that killed 164 people. Pakistan said last month that some leads pointed to Europe and the United States. Pakistan has announced criminal proceedings against eight suspects over the attacks.

Interpol said from its Lyon, France headquarters that it had received the information on Saturday _ about two weeks after announcing that Pakistan planned to hand over the DNA profiles.

The agency said its 187 member countries can also compare their individual DNA databases against the data from Pakistan.

Interpol said Pakistan agreed to share the DNA profiles obtained during a probe by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency to help determine if there were broader international links to the attacks.

The Interpol statement Sunday didn’t specify how or from whom the DNA information was culled.

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