Dying Pakistani gunman admits attacking US centre

A Pakistani man today confessed to attacking the US cultural centre in Calcutta, as he was dying after a shoot-out with Indian police, the Indian government said.

A Pakistani man today confessed to attacking the US cultural centre in Calcutta, as he was dying after a shoot-out with Indian police, the Indian government said.

Police in the small eastern state of Jahrkand shot two Pakistanis after raiding what Home Secretary Kamal Pandey called a ‘‘terrorist hide-out’’ at dawn in the town of Hazaribag.

One of the men was killed in the clash 180 miles south of Patna, said police chief Deepak Kumar.

The other, identified as Mohammed Idris, alias Mohammed Zahid, died in hospital after confessing to police that he had fired at police guarding the American Centre in Calcutta on January 21.

Kumar said the men had lived as shoe merchants for four months in the rented house, which was surrounded by police. Kumar said the men were told to surrender, but did not respond and were shot when they tried to escape.

He said an Kalashnikov assault rifle, which police believe may have been used in the Calcutta attack, was found in the house,.

The police chief said Zahid confessed he was the motorcycle passenger and that he had done the firing. Four policemen were killed and 18 other people, mostly police, were wounded. Kumar said the driver of the motorcycle was still at large.

Police have arrested six people, including three Bangladeshis, in connection with the Calcutta attack.

Home Secretary Pandey said ‘‘a terrorist module’’, hiding in Hazaribag, was run by a Dubai-based Indian, Aftab Ansari.

India has asked Interpol to issue an arrest warrant for Ansari and government officials called him a ‘‘Mafia don.’’ Home Affairs Minister, Lal Krishna Advani, claimed Ansari was recruited by Pakistan’s spy agency.

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