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Kafeel’s role in 'IISc attack' being probed

An Australian police officer is in Delhi to meet with Indian officials in connection with UK terror bids, report BR Srikanth & Amit Baruah.
Hindustan Times | By BR Srikanth and Amit Baruah, Bangalore/new Delhi/melbourne
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2007 04:41 PM IST

An Australian police officer arrived in Delhi on Monday to meet with Indian intelligence agencies in connection with the failed terror attacks in the UK in which three Bangalore men are suspects.

“He has come to liaise with local authorities,” an Australian mission official told HT in Delhi on Monday evening.

Australian authorities on Monday got two more days to question Mohammed Haneef, arrested in Brisbane on July 2.

When terror struck the science hub

Dec 28, 2005: At around 7:00pm, two people entered the IISc campus in a white Ambassador car. At around 7:20pm, delegates attending a conference were heading to dinner when the shooting began. Two gunmen, wearing black masks and army uniforms, started firing indiscriminately from a rifle.

Victims: Prof MunishChandraPuri of IIT Delhi was wounded by bullets. He died on way to a hospital. Three other scientists and a lab assistant were among the injured.

Probe: Neither has any specific connection to any terror group been established, nor has any outfit claimed responsibility for the attack, but police have not ruled out the involvement of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Aftermath: Following the incident, security at other premier institutions in India including the IIMs and IITs was enhanced.

In Bangalore, investigators looked for connections between Kafeel Ahmed and the Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, the two men who allegedly slammed a flaming Jeep Cherokee into the terminal building of Glasgow airport on June 30.

They worked on evidence that suggested Abdulla visited Bangalore to meet Kafeel and his brother Sabeel — a line of enquiry the police said could lead them to clues on the attack on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in December 2005.

Commissioner N Achuth Rao told a news conference: “We have recovered a hard disk, a few CDs and some other materials from (Kafeel and Sabeel) Ahmed’s house. The disk and CDs, left behind by Kafeel before leaving for London in May 2007, are being examined to... find out whether there was any link between the UK blasts and the attack at the IISc...”

A senior officer said the possibility of Abdulla having visited Bangalore struck them after Dr Zakia Ahmed, Kafeel and Sabeel’s mother, said the Iraqi was her sons’ friend. “We are looking for evidence about Abdulla’s visit because that would take us forward in identifying more men of this group,” the officer said.

Commissioner Rao refused to confirm if Kafeel was the Jeep bomber. Home Minister MP Prakash, however, said: “The police has given me conclusive evidence that Kafeel was the man...”

(With inputs from agencies)

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