Kenyan Police claim arrest of Mumbai blast suspect
Kenyan Police claim to have arrested one of India's most-wanted terror suspects ? Abdul Karim Tunda ? belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which is suspected to have been involved in the 7/11 blasts.india Updated: Jul 22, 2006 19:25 IST
Kenyan Police claim to have arrested one of India's most-wanted terror suspects — Abdul Karim Tunda — supposedly belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group.
The Lashkar group is suspected to have been involved in the Mumbai train blasts.
HindustanTimes.com had reported on July 18 that the Mumbai blasts bore the imprint of the Tunda faction’s modus operandi.
The report had based its conclusion on the discovery of traces of salts of ammonia and nitrogen besides fuel oil by forensic experts from the samples picked from blast sites.
According to police records, the group has been behind dozens of IED blasts in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country in the past.
Anti-terrorism police in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa said that they had detained Abdul Karim Tunda and would be turning him over to prosecutors for possible extradition to India.
"We arrested him today in Mombasa," a senior police official said on condition of anonymity.
"He is wanted for Mumbai blasts. He will be handed over because he is on the wanted list."
A second senior Mombasa police official confirmed that a man identified as Abdul Karim Tunda had been detained, but refused to provide any details of the suspect's arrest.
It was not immediately clear if Tunda or Lashkar-e-Taiba have been implicated in the July 11 blasts which claimed nearly 200 lives and left more than 800 injured.
Indian police has refused to officially pin blame on the group, despite widespread speculation that it organised the attacks with help from local Islamist terrorists.
Mumbai Police on Friday arrested three persons in case. The government blamed elements from outside the country for helping in the attacks.
According to reports, Tunda has allegedly masterminded 33 Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb blasts in New Delhi and adjoining areas between December 1996 and January 1998 in which 21 people were killed and 400 injured.
His faction of the group is believed to have bases in Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to those reports.
It was not immediately clear why Tunda may have been in Kenya, although the east African nation has a substantial south Asian minority population.