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Key Mumbai bombings conspirator arrested

[JURIST] Indian police held the alleged "main brain" behind the 2005 Mumbai train bombings [BBC report; JURIST news archive] in custody Wednesday after he was captured in the Indian city of Belgaum in Karnataka state. Asif Khan Bashir Khan - alias Junaid - is the sixteenth suspect arrested in connection with the July 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 200 people and wounded many more. Khan is thought to be a Pakistani national and is also wanted in a criminal case stemming from his membership in the Lashkar-e-Taiba [FAS backgrounder] terror organization.

The latest [JURIST report] Mumbai bombings have prompted calls for the restoration of a strict Indian anti-terror law [JURIST report] repealed after India's now-governing party came to power in 2004, but top Indian officials have so far rejected the suggestion. The Guardian has more. The Indian Express has local coverage.

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