Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militant arrested from Mumbai airport

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

Alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Saleem Khan, from UP's Fatehpur district, who was caught soon after he landed at Mumbai airport from the UAE on Sunday night, was being brought to Lucknow by the UP ATS.

Recent investigations also revealed that he was also the handler for ISI agent Aftab Ali, who was arrested in Faizabad. "A lookout notice was also issued against him subsequently, which was also active at the time of his arrest", stated a release by the UP ATS.

The Juhu unit swung into action and grilled Khan to establish his role in earlier incidents occurred in UP back in 2007-08. Khan is now being interrogated here.

He reportedly admitted to the cops that he financed a number of sleeper cells through conduits in India.

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Anand Kumar, UP ADG (Law and Order), confirmed the arrest. The UP police has registered a case against Khan under sections of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act, Explosives Act and the Foreigner Registration Act. While doing Salim's background check, the anti-terror squad (ATS) of UP police found out that Salim had been involved in anti-national activities for more than a decade.

Arun said, Kausar Farooqui and Mohammad Sharif, the two terrorists held in connection with Rampur CRPF camp attack, were trained along with Salim Khan at Muzaffarabad terror camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in 2007.

The officer added that Khan, who is also known by aliases including Abu Amaar and Arif, first came under the scanner of multiple investigating agencies due to his suspected involvement on a fidayeen attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Rampur, U.P. on January 1, 2008. "Associated with the LeT, Salim has been laundering money through some businessmen in Maharashtra to fund terror operations", said Arun.

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