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Police officers escort three suspects outside the Anti Terrorist Squad office in Bombay, India, on Friday.
msnbc.com news services
updated 7/21/2006 10:02:45 AM ET 2006-07-21T14:02:45

Police arrested three men in the July 11 train bombings in Mumbai, the first formal arrests in the attacks that killed 207, Indian television reported Friday.

The mainstream news channel NDTV cited police sources as saying two men were arrested in the northern state of Bihar late Thursday and a third was arrested in Mumbai early Friday.

“We believe these three have knowledge of the attacks. Some of their links with certain networks have come to light,” a senior police official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

Hundreds of people have been detained for questioning but the three were the first to be formally arrested. The men were to appear in a Mumbai court later Friday, NDTV said.

Police and officials have repeatedly blamed the blasts on Islamic militants fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, namely the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

Kashmir is a predominantly Muslim Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan, and is claimed in entirety by both nuclear-armed countries.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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