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German Bakery blast: Bhatkal told auto co-passenger about a bomb in his bag

On his way to plant the bomb in Pune’s German Bakery in February 2010, IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal told a fellow passenger in a shared auto that there actually was a bomb in his bag, only to be laughed at.

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On reaching the popular bakery in the Koregaon Park area, he ordered an apple pie and cold coffee before keeping the bomb under a table and fleeing the place.

These and other chilling details about the attack — in which 17 people were killed — and the nonchalant way in which he went about executing it are contained in the interrogation report of Yasin, who was arrested late last month from the India-Nepal border.

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Yasin has said that Pune was targeted in retaliation for the local IM module being busted by the Maharashtra ATS in 2008.

“It was almost a year that no blast had taken place in the country. Riyaz asked me to take revenge for the arrest of Pune boys in Ahmedabad blast case,” Yasin has said referring to another IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal.

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Yasin reached Pune in late January 2010 and posed as a student seeking admission in a local college to be able to rent a place to stay. After surveying the city for about a week, he zeroed in on the popular Dagdu Halwai Seth Mandir “in retaliation for the Malegaon masjid blast” and the German Bakery as it “could attract international attention”. Yasin has said that he had also planned to plant a bomb near the Osho Ashram as it was frequented by many foreigners.

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