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    The arrested suspects plotted simultaneous attacks across India, according to a source.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Indian security forces arrested 14 people and detained 25 more for questioning in a nationwide anti-terror operation, a senior official at the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs told Sputnik on Friday.

    "Intelligence inputs say that the arrested suspects were planning to carry out simultaneous attacks across the country," the ministerial source said.

    This comes two days after Indian police arrested four suspects affiliated with Daesh (Islamic State) – outlawed in many countries including Russia – who allegedly had planned attacks across India ahead of next Tuesday's Republic Day celebrations.

    "Major crackdown operations have been going on across the country to avert the IS attack threat. The Intelligence Bureau is worried about a lone-wolf attack during 26th January [celebrations]," the source said.

    India’s Intelligence Bureau and National Investigation Agency, a state counter-terrorism agency, is said to have conducted raids in the states of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Western Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, and parts of Maharashtra.


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