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Interpol warrants for Pakistani militants

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  • Interpol files alerts for Lashkar-e-Tayyiba's Hafiz Saab Sayed, Zaki-ur-Rehman
  • India blames Pakistani militant group for last year's terror attacks in Mumbai
  • India has issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistanis wanted in connection with attacks
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Interpol has issued alerts for at least two Pakistani Islamists wanted by India for last year's terror strikes in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

The red notice for Hafiz Saab Sayed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba militant group that India blames for the 2008 attacks, has been posted on the Web site of the international police agency.

A similar alert has been issued for Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, also linked to the same organization, which was designated by the United States as a terrorist group with ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

The notices came in the wake of an Indian court issuing arrest warrants in June for 22 Pakistanis, including Sayed and Lakhvi, in connection with the siege that began November 26, 2008, in India's financial capital.

The warrants were handed down because of a motion by Indian prosecutors in the trial of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman among the 10 men who launched the attack.

In all, there are 35 suspects wanted in the case, including other members of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, according to Indian authorities.

The three-day rampage started with attackers targeting 10 sites and taking over three five-star hotels and a Jewish center.

Both Sayed and Lakhvi are accused of "terrorism incitement" among other offenses, the Interpol notices said.

The Interpol red notices are not international arrest warrants, but a tool to help identify and locate wanted people.

"These red notices allow the warrant to be circulated worldwide with the request that the wanted person be arrested with a view to extradition," the agency explains.

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