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Group leader linked to Mumbai attacks arrested in Pakistan

Group leader linked to Mumbai attacks arrested in Pakistan

Logo of AFP, leader of group linked to attacks in Bombay arrested in Pakistan

Pakistani authorities arrested a suspected planner of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on Saturday for another terrorist financing case, authorities said.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, leader of the banned militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore, where he ran a medical dispensary, Punjab's counter terrorism department said in a statement.

He used the dispensary to collect funds for militant activities, he added, without providing details.

LeT, including Lakhvi, is accused by India of plotting the four-day assault that left 166 dead.

India has long been furious that Pakistan failed to deliver or prosecute those accused of planning and organizing the Mumbai attacks.

Lakhvi was detained in 2015 for the attacks, but was released months later. The government slapped him with a series of arrest warrants, but the judges repeatedly canceled them.

Earlier this year, Pakistan also arrested an ardent cleric and alleged mastermind of the siege Hafiz Saeed, who runs Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a wing of LeT, for terrorist financing.

Saaed has denied involvement in the attacks.

Lakhvi will be brought before an anti-terror court in Lahore, CTD said in the statement.

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