Blasts across the Nation – Jihadi Keralite from Oman arrested

published on May 31, 2009

BANGALORE: Ali Abdul Aziz Hooti, alias Ali, an accused in the Bangalore
serial blasts, is said to have been detained by the Oman police.

Ali’s arrest could offer more clues about his friend Sarfaraz Nawaz, the mastermind of the Bangalore blasts, and Fahim Ansari whom Ali had sent to Pakistan for training; Ansari also did reccee work for Mumbai’s 7/11 attacks.

Sources in the Intelligence Bureau said that Hooti, originally from Kerala but now an Omani national, had provided monetary support to Sarfaraz Nawaz to carry out the blasts in Bangalore. After receiving the money, Sarfaraz came to Bangalore from Muscat, did a reccee in Bangalore with the main accused Naseer, alias Umar Haji, and handed over the money for explosives through Shanu Sattar.

Sarfaraz Nawaz, who was taken into custody by the Bangalore police with the help of R&AW, had close relations with Hooti; the IB now wants to question Hooti for further clues.

Read full report at www.newindpress.com – Bangalore blasts accused held in Oman

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