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.
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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.”