MUMBAI, India (AP) -- India's top law enforcement official is promising to improve the country's security, and is admitting "lapses" in response to last week's terror attack on Mumbai.
Indian authorities are facing a public uproar over security and intelligence failures, including missing warnings that a plot was in the works.
Meanwhile the leader of the Pakistan-based militant group being blamed for the attack is denying the group was involved. In a magazine interview, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed says Lashkar-e-Taiba (LAHSH'-kar ay TY'-buh) "does not believe in killing civilians" and accused India's leadership of "using Pakistan as a punching bag to cover its failures at home."
Indian officials say the surviving gunmen told interrogators that he had been recruited by Lashkar for the assault and identified two of the plot's masterminds.
But the investigation has also led to another reputed Lashkar operative who is an Indian national. He was arrested in February with hand-drawn sketches of hotels, the train terminal and other Mumbai sites that were attacked.
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