Indian Officials Suspect Islamic Radicals Behind Attack on Muslims
Indian officials believe that those behind the Malegaon blasts at a Friday Muslim prayer service that killed 31 people were radical Muslims connected to the Mumbai blasts.
Children hold a banner in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata September 9, 2006, as they attend a prayer meeting for the victims of bomb blasts in Malegaon, a Muslim-majority town in Maharashtra. (REUTERS/Parth Sanyal)
Indian authorities now believe that the Islamic terrorists behind the Mumbai bombings are connected to the bomb blasts at a Muslim prayer gathering in Malegon on Friday:
Raheel Abdul Sheikh — the alleged mastermind behind the July 11 Mumbai blasts — could have been helped by banned Students Islamic Movement of India activists Abdul Latif Khan and Junaid Hussein to execute Friday’s multiple blasts in Malegaon, say police.
Senior Mumbai and Nashik police officers say Khan and Hussein have been absconding since the latter half of May. They suspect Raheel had “instructed” them on the Malegaon blasts.
A senior police officer said Raheel, a top Lashkar-e-Tayyeba commander, had stayed in Malegaon for a few weeks before fleeing to Bangladesh in May.
Nashik’s inspector general of police PK Jain said they were “looking into Raheel’s involvement in the blasts. I have asked a team of officers to find out about Raheel’s movements in the city in recent months.”