India: Plot at BSE foiled

March 13, 2008 at 7:38 PM
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NEW DELHI, March 13 (UPI) -- Indian police said they have shot and killed two suspected rebels who were planning to attack the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad killed two alleged terrorists Wednesday on the outskirts of Mumbai. Of the two, Mohammad Ali crossed the Bangladeshi border legally, a senior ATS official said Thursday.

He said the BSE building and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center's nuclear installation were the targets of the two men.

"The passport of Mohammad Ali shows that he is a Bangladeshi national and crossed the border recently," said ATS joint commissioner of police Hemant Karkare. The other alleged terrorist, Babu, is also suspected to be a Bangladeshi national. The officers are gathering further information about his identity and nationality, he said.

Karkare said it is suspected they might be members of the banned outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami. "Mohammad Ali may have crossed the border legally as it is shown on his passport," said ATS additional commissioner of police Parambir Singh.

The ATS recovered $10,000 in fake currency, two kilograms of RDX and two firearms.

"Both firearms are sophisticated, one is a Smith and Wesson while the other does not have any manufacturer markings," said Singh.

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