Lashkar-e-Taiba militant arrested from Mumbai airport

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Saleem Khan who is being suspected of being an LeT operative has been arrested at the Mumbai airport in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS), news agencies reported.

During questioning, he told police that he received money from some people in Mumbai and was the key hawala operator who financially supported members of the sleeper cells through conduits. Khan is now being interrogated here.

Salim Mukim Khan alias Abu Amaar alias Arif, a native of Hathgaon in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh, was facing a lookout notice and was stopped at an immigration counter on the intervening night of July 16 and 17, said a police official in Mumbai on condition of anonymity.

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Arun said, Kausar Farooqui and Mohammad Sharif, the two terrorists held in connection with Rampur CRPF camp attack, were trained along with Salim Khan at Muzaffarabad terror camp in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in 2007. Khan has been on the run ever since and had managed to hoodwink security agencies. Aftab was accused of sending information about Indian Army movement to the ISI and also being in touch with an officer in Pakistan High Commission in Delhi.

Salim's interrogators also suspect of him being involved in a terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur district of UP which left eight personnel killed and many injured on December 31, 2007. Kumar said that Khan was deported from UAE, as his visa had expired. Khan sent finances to Aftab, according to initial investigations. "Associated with the LeT, Salim has been laundering money through some businessmen in Maharashtra to fund terror operations", said Arun.