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Terrorist shot dead in Aurangabad

Maharashtra,Terrorism, Mon, 26 Mar 2012 IANS

Aurangabad (Maharashtra), March 26 (IANS) The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Monday shot dead a suspected terrorist allegedly involved in the 2008 Ahmedabad bombings, police said here.


Acting on a tip-off, ATS officials went to arrest three suspected terrorists who were hiding in a slum area in the city. The suspects opened fire at the police team injuring one police constable in the shoulder.



The ATS team then returned fire, killing one suspect. According to officials from Aurangabad police, the ATS arrested the two others after the shootout.



The trio - Abrar Sheikh, Shakeel Ahmed and Khalil Khilji - are accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad (Gujarat) blasts and allegedly belong to the Abu Faisal group from Madhya Pradesh. They are also accused in the murder of a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Pramod Tiwari.



The 2008 Ahmedabad bombings were a series of 21 bomb blasts that rocked Ahmedabad July 26, 2008 within a span of 70 minutes. A total of 56 people were killed and over 200 people injured in the blasts blamed on the Indian Mujahideen militant organisation.


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