Indian police arrest domestic terror group leader

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 2:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's home minister says the country's intelligence agencies have arrested one of the leaders of a domestic terror group blamed for a series of bombings in Indian cities.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde says Yasin Bhatkal was arrested Wednesday night on India's eastern border with Nepal. Shinde said Thursday that Bhatkal is being questioned by state police.

Police say Bhatkal is one of the leaders of the Indian Mujahideen, a group that has been linked to the banned Pakistan-based Islamist rebel group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has claimed responsibility for previous terrorist attacks in India.

The government outlawed the Indian Mujahideen in 2010 after it was suspected of involvement in an attack on a cafe popular with foreigners in the western Indian city of Pune in which 17 people died.

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