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Sainuddin, new face of terror down south

Vicky Nanjappa in Bangalore | January 21, 2009 21:12 IST

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Abdul Sattar, also known as Sainuddin, is the new face of terror.

His interrogation will help the police piece together the terror trail leading up to the blasts that rocked Bangalore, Ahmedabad [Images] and New Delhi [Images].

Preliminary reports prepared following investigations reveal that Sainuddin, who reported to the elusive Riyaz Bhatkal, was one of the main coordinators between the Students Islamic Movement of India, the Indian Mujahideen [Images] and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images].

Intelligence Bureau sources told that Sainuddin had the task of sending youth from southern India to Kashmir to fight alongside the Lashkar. Sattar, who reported to Riyaz Bhatkal, was one of the key persons responsible for creating the terror corridor down south.

Sattar, like Mansoor Peerbhoy -- who allegedly sent IM's e-mails ahead of the terror attacks in Delhi and Ahmedabad -- and Abdul Subhan aka Tauqeer, was handpicked by Safdar Nagori to run the tech team of the IM.

Sainuddin showed keen interest in improvising terror strikes and his role for preparing the timer devices in the BAD blasts is also being probed.

The timer devices used in the Bangalore blasts are considered to be devices of the future.

Sainuddin helped prepare the micro conductors, which were used in the Bangalore blasts. These timers are unique in nature and can be timed between 5 minutes and 365 days, according to investigating agencies in Bangalore.

Although his role is being probed in these three major incidents, his activities have been stronger in Kerala [Images]. Investigations show he had played host to a person by the name Imam Ali who was trained by the Lashkar and the Hizbul Mujahideen.

Ali, with the help of Sainuddin, had imparted training to several youth in Kerala on how to make bombs.

Apart from this, the name of Sainuddin also figures in the accused list of the 2006 blasts at the KSRTC stand in Kozhikode. He is also suspected to be involved in two blasts that rocked Kerala in 1995.

It is believed that this man had devised pipe bombs in order to carry out these blasts.

His importance in terror circles improved following these attacks.

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