26/04/2016 5:17 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Indian Mujahideen Terrorist Wanted In 13/7 Mumbai Blasts Arrested

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An alleged Indian Mujahideen operative was arrested from Mumbai’s international airport by a joint team of police and anti-terrorism agencies.

Zainul Abedin, an alleged IM terrorist, wanted for his role in the 13/7 Mumbai bomb blasts, was arrested by officers from the

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Gujarat and Karnataka police forces and the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Abedin is also accused of supplying explosives and firearms for various bomb blasts across the country in cities such as Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Bangalore.

A native of Bhatkal, Abedin is believed to be very close to Riyaz Bhatkal, the founder of terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen.

Accoridng to news reports, Abedin was arrested after he landed in Mumbai on Tuesday morning.

"We had received information that Abedin would be coming to India to visit his native Bhatkal and that he would be going there via Mumbai. Accordingly, we laid a trap and arrested him," The Hindu reported quoting an ATS officer.

Abedin, who was detained in Saudi Arabia in 2015 is the twelfth person to be arrested in the triple bomb blast at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar between 6.52 pm and 7.05 pm that were executed by Yasin Bhatkal. As many as 27 people were killed and another 127 injured in the three blasts.

Abedin’s name came up during the questioning of an accused from Karnataka, who was arrested by the ATS last year, news reports said.

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