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India Arrests Two Suspected Terrorists


Indian home minister P. Chidambaram speaks to the media after a government security meeting in New Delhi, February 14, 2012.

Indian home minister P. Chidambaram speaks to the media after a government security meeting in New Delhi, February 14, 2012.

Indian officials say they have detained two men who were planning to carry out attacks in New Delhi.

Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters Wednesday that the men were affiliated with the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. "Our agencies, working together with police forces of three states, have busted an important LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] sponsored terrorist module," he said. "Persons were arrested in Delhi and are being produced before the magistrate, shortly.''

Lashkar is blamed for the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

Chidambaram did not give details of the arrests, but said the men organizing attacks in India's capital. "They were planning to detonate bomb or more than one bomb in a crowded locality," he stated. "That is the information.''

New Delhi has been the frequent target of terrorist attacks. A bomb blast outside a courthouse in the city last September killed 12 people. Earlier this month, an explosion in the capital seriously wounded an Israeli diplomat.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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