India: Rebels eye government buildings

March 13, 2008 at 7:38 PM
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NEW DELHI, March 13 (UPI) -- Indian intelligence agencies say the Al Badr group, which New Delhi regards as a terrorist group, is planning to target government installations.

The Interior Ministry said two suspected Al Badr members arrested in Mysore, Karnataka state, recently told investigators the group planned to target key government installations across the country.

The ministry said the intelligence agencies shared with state governments the inputs regarding possible threats to religious places, vital installations, important buildings, crowded places and the mass-transit system.

Junior Interior Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal told Parliament Thursda the government is committed to countering the challenge.

"Toward this end, a multipronged strategy is being pursued in close conjunction with the state government, which involves measures to check infiltration from across the borders, deployment of central security forces in areas prone to terror violence, continuous vigilance and strengthening of security arrangements in the vulnerable areas and around vital installation," Jaiswal said.

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