Two suspects linked to serial blasts arrested in Chennai

July 28th, 2008 - 2:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 28 (IANS) The Chennai police Monday arrested two suspected terrorists believed to be involved in serial bombings in Bangalore and Ahmedabad during the weekend. The suspects, Qazi Rahim, 31, and K. Abdul Kader, 27, were named by Sheikh Abdul Ghaffoor, who was arrested Sunday in Tirunelveli, 600 km from here.

Ghafoor was planning blasts in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India on Independence Day, police officials said.

According to the officials, on initial interrogation Ghafoor revealed that he was an operative of a terrorist ring that calls itself “believers in one god”, whose kingpin is said to be Pakistan-trained P. Ali Abdullah, arrested in 2003 and lodged in high security Puzhal prison, 20 km from here.

Police officials reckon this ring had worked out logistics of the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. The back-to-back synchronised bomb blasts hit the cities Friday and Saturday. The attacks claimed the lives of 46 people and left over 150 injured.

While Rahim is from Tirunelveli, Kader is from Chennai. The two were being taken to Tirunelveli for further questioning, the officials added.

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