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LeT man hid in Surat for five years

LeT man hid in Surat for five years

Author: Sourav Mukherjee
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 17, 2006

Ashraf Kashmiri, the man credited with setting up the Aurangabad module of Lashkar-e-Taiba that is believed to have played a key role in the Mumbai serial blasts, had been hiding in a Surat madrasa for at least five years till 2005.

"Kashmiri had set up LeT's Aurangabad module in five months. He stayed in Gujarat for more than five years, he could have set up a similar terror network here too," said a Gujarat police official. Kashmiri is now on the most wanted list of the Gujarat and the Maharashtra police.

Sleuths are without a clue about his whereabouts since '05, but would love to lay their hands on him to draw out details of the other terror modules or sleeper cells.

The Aurangabad module was busted by the Mumbai anti-terrorist squad in May. Several persons were held and a cache of arms, including 43 kg of RDX, was seized. Two members, Akib Sayyed and Amir Shaikh, had confessed how two other members had made and planted the bomb on the Mumbai Ahmedabad Karnavati Express that exploded at Ahmedabad station on February 19. They had said that Sayyad Zaibuddin, a key suspect in the Mumbai serial blasts, had made the bomb and Mohammad Faiyaz had planted it.

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