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Police Arrest 2 Men in Bombay Train Blasts

July 28, 2006

BOMBAY, India (AP) _ Police arrested two more men in connection with Bombay’s deadly train blasts, bringing to eight the number of people detained by investigators since the explosions killed more than 200 people earlier this month, a police official said Friday.

The two men were arrested late Thursday, said the senior Bombay police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The Press Trust of India news agency identified the two as Faizal Sheikh and his brother Muzammil Sheikh. It said police suspected they had links with the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, accused of several terror attacks in India, including the July 11 Bombay blasts.

Faizal Sheikh is suspected of being a Bombay-based fundraiser for the group, PTI said, quoting unidentified officials in the Anti-Terrorism Squad, which is leading the investigation.

Muzammil Sheikh is a software programmer in Bangalore, the news agency said.

Hundreds of people have been questioned across India since the string of bombs that targeted seven packed Bombay trains during evening rush hour, but only eight have been arrested.

Police and officials have repeatedly said Islamic militants fighting Indian rule in its part of Kashmir _ specifically Lashkar-e-Tayyaba _ were behind the blasts, and have said the attack is linked to Pakistan. Both Pakistan and the militant group have denied any involvement.

Kashmir is a predominantly Muslim territory divided between India and Pakistan, but claimed by both nuclear-armed countries.

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