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"Hashim's claim yet to be verified"

Mumbai: Police on Sunday said they were yet to verify Lashker-e-Taiba operative Akmal Hashim's claim in a media interview that 17 terrorists were involved in the July 11 bomb blasts on commuter trains here.

A court here on Sunday morning remanded Hashim to the custody of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) till September 13 but police officials said his interrogators were yet to verify his claim made in an interview to a TV news channel.

Hashim had claimed that 17 men — some of them Kashmiris and the others from Pakistan — were involved in the bombings. He said all but one of the men had left Mumbai.

This gave rise to speculation that the unidentified body of a blast victim could be that of the terrorist who had stayed back.

ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi, however, told reporters the agency had had no confirmation yet.

He said the only information they had at the moment was that Hashim was a Pakistani national and that he served in the Pakistan Army for a while. — PTI

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