| GEO World|
| FBI played 'vital role' in Mumbai attacks probe: prosecutor|
| Updated at: 1951 PST, Saturday, April 18, 2009|
MUMBAI: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation played a key part in establishing the case against the suspected gunman on trial in India for last year's Mumbai attacks, a court heard Saturday.
"FBI investigators have played a vital role in disclosing the truth in this case... and exposing the nexus between (Mohammed Ajmal Kasab) and the deceased accused," said public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.
Kasab, 21, is alleged to have been part of a wider criminal conspiracy by the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and unnamed "supporting agencies".
Some 166 people died and more than 300 were injured when 10 heavily armed gunmen rampaged through India's financial and entertainment capital, attacking two luxury hotels, the main railway station, a Jewish centre and other targets.
Kasab is the only surviving alleged gunman.
Nikam said in his opening remarks at a top security prison court in Mumbai that the FBI and other specialists had discovered a number of clues that strengthened the prosecution case.