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Israel's envoy in India says Pak suspects linked to al-Qa'ida.

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New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River. , Dec.5 (ANI): Israel's Ambassador to India, Mark Sofer sofer
 or sopher

In Judaism, a scholar-teacher of the 5th–2nd centuries BC who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible. The first sofer was Ezra, who, with his disciples, initiated a tradition of rabbinical scholarship that is still central in
, has claimed that the Pakistan-based terrorists that masterminded last week's massacre in Mumbai may be linked to the al-Qa'ida international terror network.

The Independent quoted Ambassador Sofer as saying: "Is this small organization (Lashkar-e-Toiba), part of a much wider global jihadi Adj. 1. jihadi - of or relating to a jihad  group, such as al-Qa'ida? I fear the answer to that is yes."

Sofer, however, declined to speculate on whether India might carry out retaliatory re·tal·i·ate  
v. re·tal·i·at·ed, re·tal·i·at·ing, re·tal·i·ates

To return like for like, especially evil for evil.
To pay back (an injury) in kind.
 strikes against militant camps inside Pakistan and noted that the Indian government had opted to raise diplomatic pressure on Pakistan to co-operate in the investigation.

"We were forced in the Middle East to move into other areas to counteract terrorist attacks. I think India will have to think very carefully," he added.

Sofer said that anti-Semitic attacks were unknown in India and suggested it was no coincidence that the attackers targeted the ultra-orthodox Jewish centre, which served as a hostel for Jewish backpackers and businessmen.

The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Times yesterday quoted Indian police as saying that evidence had emerged to suggest that the six hostages at the Jewish centre had been tortured. Sofer has disputed these claims. (ANI)

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