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Police shoot Delhi bombs suspect

Indian police say they shot dead the man behind last week's serial blasts that killed 23 people in India's capital.

Policemen secure the site of a raid on suspected militants in New Delhi on Sept 19 2008.
Policemen secure the site of a raid on suspected militants in New Delhi on Sept 19 2008.

NEW DELHI // Indian police said they shot dead today the man behind last week's serial blasts that killed 23 people in India's capital. Bashir, also called Atif, had also carried out bomb attacks on the western cities of Ahmedabad and Jaipur, where a total of more than 100 people were killed, police said. "Atif is the kingpin in the Delhi blasts," said the police chief Y S Dadwal. A police team shot dead two suspected militants, including Atif in south Delhi, during a raid for suspects in connection with the bombings.

"Atif planned and executed the bomb attacks in Delhi with the help of 10 men," said Karnail Singh, an officer leading the raid. At least five militants were hiding in an apartment but two fled from the spot and one was caught, he said. *Reuters