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Hyderabad blast planned, set off from Bangladesh

Hyderabad blast planned, set off from Bangladesh

Author: Ramoorthy P & V Srinivas Ram
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 20, 2007

Introduction: Samjhauta Attack Suspect Bilal Of HuJI Was Mastermind

Friday's bomb blast at Mecca Masjid was masterminded and executed from Bangladesh with three local youth acting only as planters of the explosives, top police sources told TOI on Saturday.

While chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and Union home minister Shivraj Patil merely spoke of a foreign hand, sources said Harkatul-Jehad-i-Islami (HuJI) activist Mohammed Abdul Sahed alias Bilal, wanted for the blasts on the Samjhauta Express, had masterminded the explosion sitting in Bangladesh.

According to sources, the first footage of the blast which killed 16 persons -11 in the mosque and five in subsequent police firing on protesters-was telecast on a Bangladeshi TV channel, Bangla 24. The channel, believed to have been launched a fortnight ago, showed it just 15 minutes after the explosion rocked the mosque.

"Bilal's associates present inside Mecca Masjid had made an MMS recording of the blast and transmitted it to Bangladesh. With the remote trigger in his hand, Bilal watched the impact of his work. Since there was scarcely anybody next to the grilled gate near the pond where the two other bombs were hung inside a gunny bag, he decided not to detonate them,'' the source said.

Investigations are on to find out why the fourth bomb that was discovered close to the masjid packed with Friday namazis did not go off or was not detonated.

HuJI's pawmarks are becoming increasingly visible in major terror attacks in India. The group, which is known to be working closely with the ISI and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, was also blamed for the Sankat Mochan temple bombing in Varanasi.

Sources said the SIM card on the cellphone attached to these bombs had been purchased in Kolkata and was due to expire on Friday and the explosive material-RDX and TNT-imported from Bangladesh as they are not available in India. "All that the local accomplices had to do was to put it together, something that can be done by anyone with minimal knowledge,'' a source said.

Apparently, the three local youth did a recce between 9 am and 10 am on Friday and returned one hour later and planted the bombs. The trio was picked up from the Bhavaninagar and Kala Patthar areas of the old city on Friday night. It's suspected that Bilal's brother Zaheed, who runs a mobile phone repair shop, may have provided the phones for the job.

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