One held, 2 more to get: Riyaz & Iqbal Bhatkal in Pak, confirms Yasin

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Patna, Aug 30: Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Abhyanand on Friday said that Indian Mujahideen (IM) mastermind Yasin Bhatkal, who was arrested near the India-Nepal border in the wee hours on Thursday, said the latter confirmed that two of the other key operatives of the IM, Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal are in Pakistan.

The DGP said that Bhatkal said this during interrogation by the Bihar Police. Bhatkal was arrested along with his close aide Asadulla Akhtar.

Yasin Bhatkal confirmed that Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal are in Pakistan, said the Bihar Police.

The duo was produced in a court in Motihari in Bihar where Bhatkal said that bomb blasts are a common occurrence and there was nothing new about it. The duo was due to be flown to New Delhi in a special aircraft for detailed interrogation.

New York Times reports on Bhatkal arrest

The New York Times on Thursday reported the arrest of Indian Mujahideen (IM) mastermind Yasin Bhatkal near the India-Nepal border in the wee hours of Thursday.

It said: "The Indian authorities have arrested a leader of a terrorist group suspected in a series of deadly bombings in major cities, a top official announced Thursday.
The suspect, Yasin Bhatkal, is one of the founders of Indian Mujahedeen (IM), a banned Islamic militant group that is believed to be responsible for explosions in New Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities. He was arrested near the border with Nepal.


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