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Police arrest suspected militant in Bangalore shootings

January 3, 2006

BANGALORE (Reuters) – Indian police arrested a suspected
Islamist militant in connection with last week’s shooting at a
prestigious science university in the technology hub of
Bangalore, which killed a professor and wounded four other
people.

Police said on Tuesday they arrested the Muslim man in the
neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh and brought him to
Bangalore for questioning.

“He is suspected to be a member of a militant group and
involved in the shooting,” a senior Bangalore police officer
told Reuters. “It is a significant breakthrough.”

The arrest was the first in connection with the shooting
last Wednesday on the campus of the Indian Institute of
Science.

The incident raised security concerns among hundreds of
global technology firms based in Bangalore and the neighboring
cities of Hyderabad and Chennai.

Southern India has been in a state of alert since the
shootings, with hundreds of police on the streets of big
cities.

In Hyderabad, two men were arrested on Sunday who police
said were believed to be planning attacks on buildings housing
several information technology companies as well as police
headquarters. A large haul of explosives was found, officials
said.

Bangalore is home to more than 1,500 information technology
companies.

Police had earlier warned that some of these firms faced
threats from Islamist militants fighting Indian rule in
disputed Kashmir. The presence of these companies is widely
seen as symbol of India’s technological might and economic
progress.


Source: reuters



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