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Indian Police Arrest Top Kashmir Militant

Indian police say they have arrested a top militant commander blamed for dozens of attacks and tourist killings in Indian Kashmir.

Authorities said Saturday that Mudasir Gujri was arrested in Jammu-Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state.

State police chief Gopal Sharma told a news conference that Mudasir is believed to be the main planner of Lashkar-e-Toiba -- a Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group -- and the mastermind behind at least 25 recent attacks.

The police chief called the arrest a great setback to the militants, but added that once one terror cell is defeated, "another one comes up."

Indian officials have said they suspect last week's railway attacks in Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people were carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba. The group, which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, has denied involvement.