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Attack on Somnath temple foiled

Two LeT men, who had also planned to target other commercial and religious places, were held by the Gujarat ATS.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 23:39 IST

The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Gujarat police on Friday arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba men and claimed to have cracked the LeT module in the state that planned to target several commercial and religious places, including the historic Somnath temple and the Kandla-Bhatinda crude oil pipeline.

"Two LeT militants were arrested by a team of ATS sleuths. The duo were identified as Vakil Ahmed Saiyed alias Taffo and Umar Farooq Sheikh," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of ATS DG Vanzara said.

Vanzara said the ATS had tracked down the two men after their names were revealed by two LeT militants Mohammed Chand Miyan Chippa and Feroz alias Abdullah Ghaswala who were brought to the city on a transfer warrant from Delhi.

These two were arrested by the Delhi police on May 8 from Nizamuddin railway station with four kilogram of RDX, four electronics detonators and Rs 50,000.

"With this arrest, we have cracked an LeT module that was beginning to consolidate itself in the state and had planned to target the historic Somnath temple in Junagadh district of the state," Vanzara said.

"Besides the temple, the terrorists had planned to blow up the Kandla-Bhatinda pipeline which takes crude oil from Kutch district to a refinery in Punjab," he added.