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The Rediff Special/ Vicky Nanjappa
Missing pieces of the terror jigsaw
December 29, 2008
While Mansoor Peerbhoy -- who allegedly sent IM's e-mails ahead of the terror attacks in Delhi and Ahmedabad -- has been arrested by the Mumbai [Images] police, Abdul Subhan, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Qayamuddin and Shadab Malik are still out there, likely planning their next attack.
Intelligence Bureau officials told rediff.com that these men matter most if the investigations into this year's terror attacks have to progress. Terror groups work on a need-to-know basis and hence, it is almost impossible to elicit complete information about the terror operation from the foot soldiers who have been arrested so far.
The IB suspects Subhan may have slipped into Pakistan.
Another big catch would be Riyaz Bhatkal, who took charge of the IM's financing at the Lashkar-e-Tayiba's [Images] behest. While some sources suggest he too may be in Pakistan, other investigators believe he is still in India.
Investigations into the Hyderabad blasts of August 2007 also suggest Bhatkal's hand.
When these terrorists are arrested, the law enforcement agencies will obtain crucial insights on the terror modules operating in north and south India. While the northern module is known as the Mahmood Ghaznavi brigade, the southern module is known as the Shahabuddin Ghauri brigade.
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