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Andhra blast suspect shoots at cops

A terror suspect, believed to be a HuJI operative involved in the May 2007 Mecca mosque blast, and his three associates shot at and injured two intelligence men in Hyderabad, report Ashok Das & Abhishek Sharan.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2008 01:03 IST
Ashok Das & Abhishek Sharan

A TERROR suspect, believed to be a Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami (HuJI) operative involved in the May 2007 Mecca mosque blast, and his three associates shot at and injured two intelligence men in Santosh Nagar area of the old city in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

While Sayed Viqar Ahmed Ali Khan and his associates, who have not been identified, fled, counter-intelligence cell’s head constable G. Rama Raju (24) took a bullet in the stomach. His partner, Mohammed Zafar, a head constable, escaped with minor injuries.

Khan, according to a senior intelligence official, “fled Hyderabad hours after the Mecca mosque blast”. A prime suspect in the case, he was making calls to Pakistan from a phone booth when a two-member police surveillance team accosted him and asked his name. Khan shot at them, he said.

Khan allegedly organised a terror training camp in the Anantgiri forests, 40 km from Hyderabad, early this year. Four Kerala-born terrorists recently shot dead in an encounter in Kashmir trained at the camp, the officer said. “Top Students Islamic Movement of India leaders like Safdar Nagori also attended the camp,” the officer said.