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8 Lashkar men on the prowl in Delhi?

Intelligence warns the terrorists may carry out attack in Delhi around R-Day.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 03:28 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

An alert has been sounded within the security apparatus in New Delhi in the wake of intelligence inputs that at least eight terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had sneaked into the Capital to carry out a suicide attack around Republic Day.

The inputs warn that five more terrorists would be joining them to carry out the attack in the Capital where the main celebrations are held and President APJ Abdul Kalam takes salute of the parade in the presence of the top brass of political and military leadership.

The information, received from intelligence agencies, has been passed on to Delhi Police and other security agencies, police sources informed in Thursday.

According to the information, the eight terrorists were armed with a large quantity of sophisticated weapons and could be hiding somewhere in South Delhi, they said.

The terrorists are believed to have planned to carry out a strike in the walled city, possibly in the proximity of the Red Fort around the Republic Day, the sources said.

Five more terrorists are expected to join them in carrying out the attack, they said.

As per practice, the parade starts from Vijay Chowk near Rashtrapati Bhawan and culminates at Red Fort.

Alarmed by the information, senior officers of Delhi Police held a series of meetings to review preparedness for the Republic Day. Discussions were also held with officers of Intelligence Bureau (IB).

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 20:12 IST