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Pakistan Spy Agency Denies Allegations Of Role In Mumbai Attacks

The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead
Pakistan's ISI spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence agency, is denying newly disclosed allegations that its officers played a major role in helping prepare the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, that left 166 people dead.

A report in Britain's "Guardian" newspaper says David Headley, a Pakistani-American who helped plot the Mumbai attacks, has told Indian interrogators that ISI personnel held meetings with militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group accused of carrying out the attack.

An ISI spokesman told "The Guardian" that Headley's accusations of the agency's involvement in the Mumbai attacks were "baseless."

Headley, the son of a Pakistani father and American mother, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in a U.S. court in March in connection with carrying out surveillance of potential targets in Mumbai to prepare for the attacks.

Headley, who grew up in Pakistan, changed his name in 2005 from Daood Gilani.

compiled from agency reports