NEW DELHI, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Indian police have arrested a key terror suspect and founder of the country's major terror group Indian Mujahideen, Yasin Bhatkal, at the Indo-Nepal border, said local media reports Thursday.
Bhatkal, who is also a key suspect in several terror blasts since 2008, has been arrested in a joint operation between the central intelligence agencies and police in the eastern state of Bihar, said The Times of India online.
"Yasin Bhatkal has been traced and detained at the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar. He is presently in the custody of Bihar police. His interrogation is going on," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was quoted as saying.
The arrest of Yasin, alias Ahmed Siddibappa alias Shahrukh, is being seen as a major breakthrough in the agencies' protracted efforts to break the back of the Indian Mujahideen, suspected to be the masterminds of a series of major blasts in the country, which killed dozens of people.
Another Indian Mujahideen operative, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, is reported to have been detained along with him.