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Accused in 2002 Akshardham temple attack arrested from Ahmedabad airport

Mohammed Farooq Shaikh was nabbed by the Crime Branch from Ahmedabad airport.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2018 19:25 IST
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An undated photo shows the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. (AFP Photo)

Police Monday arrested the accused in the 2002 Akshardham temple terror attack case, moments after he alighted from a flight in Ahmedabad.

Mohammed Farooq Shaikh was nabbed by the Crime Branch from Ahmedabad airport, soon after his arrival from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Assistant Commissioner of Police Bhagrithsinh Gohil told PTI.

Two armed terrorists had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar, killing 30 people and injuring eight on September 24, 2002. The attack followed the Godhra riots in the same year.

“Shaikh lived in Juhapura before he fled to Riyadh in 2002 after the temple attack,” the police official said, adding Shaikh had arranged funds for the attack.

First Published: Nov 26, 2018 19:24 IST