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2 foreign nationals held near Nepal border; suspected to be linked to Hyderabad blasts

Sagar Suraj, Raxaul (Bihar), Two foreign nationals, suspected to be linked to the Hyderabad serial bomb blasts, were arrested in East Champaran of north Bihar on Saturday, when they were trying to sneak into Nepal.

“Mohammad Abdul and Abdullah Umar Makrani have been arrested near the Indian immigration office at Raxaul, close to the Indo-Nepal border”, Raxaul deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jitendra Panday told HT.

Another police source said some visuals in the laptops recovered from their possession appeared to “indicate their link” to the Hyderabad bomb blast.

“They even threatened a lensman who was taking their photo”, he said.

The DSP said during their interrogation, the two confessed they are coming from Hyderabad and had visited many cities of India, using the documents they were carrying.

“They are definitely suspects. But it is yet to be established definitively whether they are linked to the Hyderabad blasts”, he said, adding the two were not carrying valid visas.

Panday said both Abdul and Makrani appeared to be of African origin.

“Makrani appears to be from Somalia. Among the papers being carried by Abdul is a seemingly fake Indian identity card”, he added.

The DSP said the police stepped in following a tip off from officials of the India immigration office, who found the documents furnished by the two to be suspect.

“We have registered a case against the two at the Raxaul police station”, he added.

An official of the Indian immigration office said that the documents being carried by the two suspects did not allow them to move across Indian cities.

Source: Hindustan Times

Published Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 | 11:19 AM

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