U.S. officials are worried about a possible surge in violence between India and Pakistan after the attacks in Mumbai. To ease tensions, intelligence officials are searching for clues that might identify the attackers even as Indian officials claim “elements in Pakistan” were involved.
FBI agents were preparing to fly to India. The State Department warned U.S. citizens still in the city that their lives remain at risk.
A U.S. counterterrorism official said some “signatures of the attack” were consistent with the work of Pakistani militant groups known as Lashkar-e-Taiba and that have fought Indian troops in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and also are reported to be linked to al-Qaida.
By MATTHEW LEE and PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer
But the official emphasized it was premature to pinpoint who was responsible for the attacks. A second official, specializing in counterintelligence, also cautioned against rushing to judgment on the origins of the gunmen.
The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Saturday raised the death toll among Americans from five to six. Five have been identified; embassy officials gave no details on the identity of the sixth.
India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir. U.S. officials are concerned about a flare-up in animosity similar to one that occurred after Pakistani militants attacked the Indian parliament in December 2001, the officials said.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice has called India’s foreign minister, along with , since the crisis began.