Indian Police Arrest Suspected Militants

Posted October 11th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Police in India say they have arrested three Islamist militants who were planning bomb attacks in the capital during the upcoming Hindu festival season.

New Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told reporters that three are members of the militant group Indian Mujahideen, which is blamed for a number of deadly attacks across India since 2005.

Police say those detained were behind a series of blasts in August in the western Indian city of Pune that wounded one person. Commissioner Kumar said a large amount of explosives were also seized during the arrests.

Indian Mujahideen has been blamed for the 2010 bombing of a German bakery in Pune that killed 17 people and a 2008 blast in New Delhi that killed 30 people.

Last year, the U.S. State Department placed the group on its list of terrorist organizations. Indian Mujahideen has ties to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the 2008 terrorist attacks on the India's financial hub, Mumbai, that killed 166 people.