Top Indian Mujahideen Militant Arrested

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An Indian man holds a copy of handout pictures released by the city police showing Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal, at a press conference in Mumbai on January 23, 2012.

One of India’s most wanted men, the alleged leader of the Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist organization responsible for blasts across many Indian cities over the last few years, has been arrested after an undercover operation.

India’s home minister confirmed the arrest on Thursday morning. Yasin Bhatkal was detained near the border of Nepal and India in the northern state of Bihar, the BBC reports.

Local media reported that the operation, conducted by the National Investigation Agency and Bihar Police, “was kept a close secret till the last moment.”

Bhatkal was wanted for bomb blasts that killed several and injured hundreds including attacks in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

[The Hindu]