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Mumbai blasts: Probe team in Nepal to track IM men

July 16, 2011 17:26 IST

A team of investigative agencies, probing the Mumbai serial blasts, are in Nepal to track some key elements of the Indian Mujahideen.

Nepal has always been a safe hide-out for terrorists like Sabhahuddin, Asfak Ahmed Shah and Riyaz Khatir who have all sought shelter in Nepal after carrying out a terror attack on Indian soil.

A key operative of the Indian Mujahideen, suspected to be behind several terror attacks in India, has reportedly taken shelter in Nepal. Although some reports indicate that the terror mastermind is in Pakistan, sources don't rule out the possibility of him being in Nepal.

Sabahuddin, an accused in multiple terror attacks, admitted during interrogations that several terror groups have moved base to the Himalayan nation. Shuttling between India and Nepal is easier for these ultras as compared to fleeing to other neighbouring nations.

The police have been on the trail of several IM operatives including Subhan for several years since the series of terror attacks hit India in 2008.

Subhan is considered not only a mastermind of terror attacks but also a professional bomb maker.

Vicky Nanjappa