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Pakistan Frees On Bail Alleged Mumbai Attacks Mastermind

Pakistani security personnel escort Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, center, alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as he leaves the court in Islamabad on December 30, 2014.

Reports say Pakistani authorities have freed on bail the alleged mastermind of the deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008.

Lawyer Malik Nasir Abbas told Reuters news agency on April 10 that his client, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, was now "out of jail."

Lakhvi, chief of the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e Taiba, had been in jail since 2009.

Lakhvi's release comes after months of wrangling over his detention after a judge granted him bail in December, sparking condemnation from New Delhi.

His lawyer said the Lahore High Court ordered his release on April 9, conditional on a $20,000 bond.

Lakhvi is charged with masterminding a series of bomb and gun attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai in November 2008.

Lakhvi was also granted bail in January in another case pertaining to the 2009 kidnapping of an Afghan citizen.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP