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Afzal Usmani: India terror suspect re-arrested

Afzal Usmani
Image caption Afzal Usmani escaped from court last month

A suspected member of the Indian Mujahideen militant group who escaped from court last month in Mumbai has been re-arrested, police say.

Afzal Usmani was captured by the anti-terrorism squad of the Mumbai police, reports said. No other details were available.

He is accused of involvement in bomb attacks in Ahmedabad and Surat.

On 20 September, police said he disappeared after being taken to the court for a hearing.

Nearly 50 people died in 17 blasts in Ahmedabad on 26 July 2008. The next day 22 bombs were found in Surat, but they were all defused.

Mr Usmani was arrested in September 2008 with four other alleged members of the Indian Mujahideen (IM).

They were blamed for the blasts that struck residential areas, market places, public transport and hospitals in Ahmedabad - Gujarat state's commercial capital - within an hour.

Several unexploded bombs were also found.

Last month, he had been brought to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court along with others from Taloja Central Jail when he gave police the slip on the pretext of going to the toilet.

Mr Usmani is accused of stealing four cars that were used to transport explosives. He is also charged with planting bombs.

Soon after the blasts, the IM said in an email to a television channel that the group was behind the explosions.

The Indian government declared the Islamist militant group a terrorist organisation and outlawed it in 2010 after it was blamed for an attack on a German bakery in Pune in which 17 people were killed and scores injured.

The IM is also blamed for three co-ordinated blasts in July 2011 in Mumbai in which 27 people were killed.

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