Pune blast:‘Bilal trained in Muzaffarabad, Lahore’

Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 22:29

Mumbai: German Bakery blast accused
Sheikh Lalbaba Md Hussain alias Bilal received advanced terror
training from the LeT in Lahore and PoK`s Muzaffarabad, the
Maharashtra ATS has said.

"Bilal had been to Pakistan in between January 2008
and January 2010. During this period, he received terror
training organised by LeT in Muzaffarabad and Lahore," an ATS
official said.

Bilal had undergone advanced training including
handling of sophisticated weapons and bomb making techniques.

During these two years, he had even sneaked into the country
through Bangladesh and Nepal borders thrice, the official
said.

However, the official refused to comment when asked if
the accused was trained by any of those accused of carrying
out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Bilal, heading a sleeper cell in Nashik and alleged to
have conducted recce of several important locations in
Maharashtra, was nabbed from Subash Chandra Bose Marg in
Nashik on Tuesday under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act.

He was recruited in the LeT by Mirza Himayat Baig
(29), who allegedly heads the terror group`s operations in
Maharashtra and arrested for his alleged role in German Bakery
blast that killed 17 including foreigners and wounded 56 on
February 13.

27-year-old Bilal hails from Solapur district of
Maharashtra and once dreamt of becoming a doctor. He had
flown to Dubai before being recruited into the LeT by Baig,
the official said.

He had not been in touch with his family for over
seven years and his father Mohammed Shaikh is a retired
constable railway security force. His father had told the ATS
officials that Bilal ran away from home in Solapur taking Rs
two lakh in cash he received as provident fund, the official
said.

Bilal is a second among Mohammed Shaikh`s four
children after Sabir. Two of his younger sisters are married,
the official said.

-PTI




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