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E-mail thanked American national

india Updated: Aug 25, 2008 23:43 IST
Presley Thomas

In its fifth terror e-mail sent out since last year’s UP court bombings, the Indian Mujahideen commended the role played by a US citizen who escaped from India a week ago.

The outfit had last month sent an e-mail, which talked about blasts in Ahmedabad minutes before the explosions, from the Internet network of Kenneth Haywood, the American who lived with his family in Navi Mumbai till he fled.

In the latest e-mail sent to national media houses on Saturday, the Indian Mujahideen stated it was an independent terrorist organisation with no affiliation with the Students Islamic Movement of India. The e-mail also mocked the arrests made by the Gujarat police in connection with the blasts.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Anti-Terrorism Squad) Parambir Singh told PTI the e-mail had been tracked to Khalsa College, Matunga. “The mail has been traced to the computer laboratory of the college which holds around 20 computers,” said Singh. “All the computers in the lab of Khalsa College might be sent for forensic analysis.”

Towards the end of the new e-mail, the outfit thanked Haywood. “Our heartfelt gratitude to Mr Ken Heywood and his associate for their complete cooperation and guidance to make our attack a huge success,” said the e-mail.

Haywood had surprised everyone when he’d boarded a flight home despite a lookout notice against him.