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NIA questions Indian Mujahideen men on Hyderabad blasts

Agencies probing the Dilsukhnagar blasts continued their efforts to get a breakthrough, even as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) brought Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, two alleged operatives of Indian Mujahideen from Tihar jail to Hyderabad on Friday.

The two were being questioned at an undisclosed location in connection with the February 21 blasts that claimed 16 lives and injured 117 people.

Maqbool and Khan were among the four members arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in October 2011 in connection with Pune blasts.

The two were said to have admitted to conducting a recce of Begum Bazar, Dilsukhnagar, Ranigunj, Tank Bund and Abids to carry out terror attacks at the behest of IM commander Riyaz Bhatkal, who operates from Pakistan.

Based on their confession, the Central intelligence agencies alerted the Andhra Pradesh police about the possible terror strikes by IM.

While pursuing different leads in the Dilsukhnagar blasts case, the NIA investigating into different cases of terror attacks in the country decided to question the two as they were accused of conducting a recce in Hyderabad.

“We hope to get some leads about the persons responsible for the attack during their interrogation,” a police officer said.

He, however, was disinclined to comment on reports that alleged IM operatives Tabrez and Wakas, who were still at large, planted and detonated the improvised explosive devices at Dilsukhnagar.

Detonators found

Meanwhile, the Afzalgunj police on Friday found 10 detonators near a coconut tree in the garden on the premises of Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in Imliban.

A worker found the detonators strapped with a wire.

Checks continue

The massive security exercise, launched by the Hyderabad police in the backdrop of the terror attack at Dilsukhnagar, continued in different parts of the city on Friday.

Twenty teams, comprising policemen and bomb detection squads, conducted anti-sabotage checks at several religious places, prayer halls, commercial complexes, malls and theatres, East Zone DCP R. Jaya Laxmi said.

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