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India Says It Killed Terrorist

August 31, 2003|From Associated Press

NEW DELHI — Police said Saturday that they had killed the mastermind of the deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament that brought the nation and Pakistan to the brink of war.

Officers said they killed Ghazi Baba, a leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group, during a fierce gun battle in Srinagar, summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Jaish-e-Mohammed has been fighting for more than a decade to separate the mostly Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir from India.

Indian security officials said Baba had been the mastermind behind several deadly terrorist attacks in different parts of the country, including the December 2001 attack on Parliament.

Fourteen people, including five assailants, died in that attack.

In New Delhi, meanwhile, police killed two men in a gunfight after intercepting their car, said Neeraj Kumar, deputy police commissioner. Kumar said the two men belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed.

New Delhi has been on high alert since Monday, when twin bomb blasts in the country's financial center, Bombay, killed 52 people and injured more than 150 others.

Indian authorities have blamed Pakistan and separatist groups including the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Student Islamic Movement of India for those attacks.

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