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Indian police arrest key terror suspect

Published on Mar 23, 2014 6:31 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian police on Sunday said they had arrested a key terror suspect of the home-grown Islamist militant group the Indian Mujahideen, blamed for a string of deadly attacks across the country in recent years.

The arrest comes as India is on high security alert ahead of next month's general election with police saying they had prevented a new terrorist strike.

Ziaur Rehman, popularly known by his alias Waqas, was arrested along with three of his aides in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on Saturday, special police commissioner S. N. Srivastava said at a news conference in New Delhi.

"Waqas is a Pakistani national and he was planning to carry out a terror attack with the help of his associates. But a spectacular terrorist strike has been averted with his arrest," the police commissioner said.

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