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Yasin Bhatkal’s revelations: Prepared IEDs inspired by Hollywood, made them lethal

Yasin has shared with interrogators startling new details about how the IM planned and executed bomb attacks and also confirmed many suspicions of security agencies.

When Indian security agencies finally managed to nab Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal from the Nepal border late last month, there was little doubt that this was a big success in the country’s fight against terror. But the true magnitude of the success started becoming evident as the 30-year-old, class X dropout from Bhatkal town in Karnataka began spilling the beans on how the IM had gone about bombing cities since 2007 and killing innocents.

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Starting from the time he returned from Dubai and began living in a farmhouse in Kuppa near Udupi in 2007, Yasin has shared with interrogators startling new details about how the IM planned and executed bomb attacks and also confirmed many suspicions of security agencies.

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A believer in the Ahl-e-Hadith or pristine teachings of Islam, Yasin has told interrogators that he also believed that Muslim armies would invade the Indian subcontinent one day and would be victorious and establish Islamic law in the region.

Here is what he has told investigators about key attacks blamed on the IM:

HYDERABAD BLASTS

August 25, 2007

When Yasin was living in Kuppa, IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal visited him in August 2007 and asked him to prepare three IEDs to carry out blasts in Hyderabad. Yasin accordingly made three boat-shaped IEDs (claymore-unidirectonial bombs) — “each IED weighed about half a kg and was packed with ball bearings to cause maximum damage.”

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According to Yasin’s revelations, Riyaz arranged for the gelatine explosive and also fixed timers at a later stage. All three bombs were placed in a single carry-bag and Riyaz arranged for the bag to be transported to Hyderabad from Mangalore in a private bus. The bag was delivered at a shop on the highway from where Aniq and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, brother of absconding suspect Mohsin Choudhary, received it.

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