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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 14:28 GMT
'Militants' arrested in Tamil Nadu
Police in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu say they have arrested 10 people suspected of being Islamic militants.

The police chief of the state capital, Madras, told reporters that the people who were arrested in the town of Tanjavur were members of a militant group, Islamic Protection Force.

He said they were planning to attack Hindu temples and prominent leaders.

He said the suspected militants had timed the planned attacks to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Mosque by Hindu militants.

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