India announces arrest of top Kashmiri militant

Published July 23, 2006

SRINAGAR, India - A top Kashmiri militant commander blamed for dozens of attacks and tourist killings has been arrested in the Indian portion of the contested Himalayan state, dealing a major setback for the separatist rebels, police said Saturday.

Mudassir, who goes by a single name, is believed to be the chief planner of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group. He is linked to "25 incidents of grenade attacks and other violent incidents," said Gopal Sharma, the director-general of police in Jammu-Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state, where Mudassir was arrested.

Authorities believe Mudassir planned a series of grenade attacks on July 11 that left nine tourists dead in Kashmir's capital, Srinagar.

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