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Government: Indian Group Likely Behind Mumbai Blasts


A man pays homage in front of portraits of police officers killed in the Mumbai terror attack outside the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, one of the sites of the attack, on the second anniversary of the attack in Mumbai, India, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. India rebuked Pakistan on Thursday for not punishing the alleged masterminds of the 2008 terror attack on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) (AP)

NEW DELHI -- India's home minister says indications point to domestic terrorism behind the attack last month in Mumbai that killed 26 people.

Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told Parliament in a debate Thursday that no conclusion had been reached but all indications were an Indian group was responsible.

His comments reported by the Press Trust of India were the first indication of what the investigation has uncovered since the attack July 13.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings. Local police have said the attack carried the hallmarks of the Indian Mujahedeen but have not elaborated.

Chidambaram also gave Parliament a higher death toll than the 20 fatalities previously reported. Some people wounded in the bombings died recently.