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Yasin Bhatkal arrested near Indo-Nepal border

Yasin Bhatkal arrested near Indo-Nepal border

New Delhi: In a major breakthrough, Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, key accused in Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai blasts, was on Thursday arrested from the Indo-Nepal border after being on the run for over five years.

Yasin, one of India’s most wanted terrorists, was picked up by intelligence agencies on Wednesday night, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, adding that the IM leader is under Bihar police custody and is being questioned.

Yasin, also known as Mohammed Ahmed Siddhibappa, along with three aides Tahaseen Akhtar Wasim Aktar Shaikh, Asadulla Akhtar Javed Akhtar and Waqas alias Ahmed were allegedly behind three coordinated bomb explosions at Opera House, Zaveri Zazaar and Dadar West in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, leaving 27 dead and 130 injured.

The IM leader is wanted in a string of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad.

Except Tahaseen, who planted a bomb in the Dadar blast, the rest three were also involved in the four coordinated low-intensity explosions, which struck the busy arterial road in the heart of Pune in August 2012.


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