Police arrest six suspected of planning attacks on Mumbai

Other News Materials 10 February 2008 14:19 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - Police in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh arrested six terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba group suspected of planning attacks in the financial hub of Mumbai, officials said Sunday.

The suspects, including two Pakistani nationals, were arrested from two locations in the state Saturday night, the state's top police official Vikram Singh said.

He said the suspects were behind the January 1 suicide attack on a police camp that killed seven policemen and one civilian.

"The attack on Indian Institute of Science in southern Bangalore city in 2005 in which a professor was killed was also carried out by these fidayeen (suicide attackers)," Singh said.

"They had plans to carry out attacks in Mumbai's Churchgate area as well as the Bombay Stock Exchange (Sensex)," he added.

According to the state police, three suspects were arrested in the capital Lucknow, while the others were captured in Bareilly town, about 250 kilometres north-west of the city.

Police also seized two automatic rifles, five grenades and ammunition from their possession.

The Lashkar-e-Toiba is one of the most notorious terror outfits in India. The group is suspected of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings that killed 186 people, and an attack on the Indian parliament in 2001.