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Malegaon blast suspect arrested

Monday, 30 October 2006 - 3:50pm IST | Agency: Agencies

Bangladeshi national Noorul Hooda, suspected to have planted bombs in Malegaon earlier this year, has been arrested.

MUMBAI: Bangladeshi national Noorul Hooda, has been arrested on charges of planting one of the three bombs that killed 32 people in Malegaon last month.

The arrest is the first made in connection with the Sept. 8 attacks in the textile town  where the bombs went off around a crowded mosque during Friday prayers.   

"We arrested one person a few days ago," P S Pasricha, police chief of Maharashtra, said.   

"The arrested man is accused of planting one of the bombs," Pasricha said, adding they hoped to make more arrests on the basis of information provided by him.   

Police have so far released sketches of three suspects in the Malegaon attacks, two of whom they said had bought bicycles at local shops on which the bombs are believed to have been placed.   

The third was a man seen moving around suspiciously near the mosque before the explosion.   

No one has claimed responsibility for the Malegaon attacks. Police said they were still investigating the motive for the blasts.

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