Minister: New Delhi attack foiled

2012-02-29 22:46

New Delhi - India's home minister said on Wednesday that police had foiled a major attack by suspected militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group who were caught with explosives at a rail station.

Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters that two men were arrested at New Delhi's main station after a tip-off from intelligence agencies and work by three state police agencies.

"They were planning to detonate a bomb or more than one bomb in a crowded locality," he said, citing initial reports from the police investigation.

The pair are to be produced before a local court and detained for 10 days.

An unspecified number of other suspects had also been detained in connection with the alleged plot, Chidambaram said.

Lashkar-e-Taiba, which means "The Army of the Pure" in Urdu, is one of the most powerful militant groups in Pakistan and is blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead.

Chidambaram said it was "an important module" of the group that had been planning a "terrorist incident in Delhi".

Neither he nor the police, who also reportedly said an attack had been imminent, would disclose when the men were detained.

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