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Jeddah Bomber Resembles Wanted Lashkar Operative, Maha ATS Seeks Verification

The photo released by Saudi agencies of the suicide bomber outside the US consulate in Jeddah

The photo released by Saudi agencies of the suicide bomber outside the US consulate in Jeddah

The photo released by Saudi agencies of the suicide bomber outside the US consulate in Jeddah in July is of a 34-year-old Pakistani national Abdullah Qalzar Khan. If the two men are the same, it indicates that Pakistan gave a fake passport to a suspected Lashkar operative.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has sought help of agencies in Delhi to verify whether the Jeddah Bomber is the Lashkar operative wanted in India in connection with several cases.

The Maharashtra ATS chief said, “given the similarities in the photographs of the alleged Jeddah bomber and the wanted accused in multiple cases in India, Fayyaz Kagzi, we have reached out to agencies in Delhi to verify the claims." He said that Fayaz was wanted in Aurangabad arms haul case and German bakery blast case on 2010.

The photo released by Saudi agencies of the suicide bomber outside the US consulate in Jeddah in July is of a 34-year-old Pakistani national Abdullah Qalzar Khan. If the two men are the same, it indicates that Pakistan gave a fake passport to a suspected Lashkar operative.

After successfully bringing back terror operatives, Abu Jundal and Fasih Mahmood in 2012, New Delhi had made attempts to get Fayaz deported from Saudi Arabia. Intelligence agencies had subsequently learnt that he had moved from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan.

The picture was released by the Saudi Arabia interior ministry last month, soon after the blast outside the US consulate in Jeddah.

first published:August 11, 2016, 14:41 IST