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Indian Police Claim Capture of Alleged Bangladesh Bomb Mastermind


Indian police say they have captured the leader of an Islamist group blamed for a wave of bomb blasts in Bangladesh.

Authorities in West Bengal say they arrested Abdur Rahman on Sunday.

However, VOA's Anjana Pasricha reports that West Bengal authorities say they are still in the process of verifying the man's identity. She also reports that Bangladeshi Home Ministry officials say they have no official confirmation of the arrest.

Rahman is the leader of the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh.

The group is blamed for more than 400 synchronized blasts on August 17. Leaflets left at blast sites bore the name of the group and called for the imposition of strict Islamic law in the mainly Muslim, but secular nation.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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