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Plans to carry out terror strikes in New Delhi thwarted by security agencies after infiltrating into IS module

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A plan hatched by the Islamic State to carry out terror strikes in New was thwarted by the security agencies after infiltrating into a module of the dreaded terror group, officials said today.

The IS terror plot was foiled following the arrest of an Afghan suicide bomber, who had been under the surveillance of security agencies for long, in late 2017.

The counter-intelligence operation included an Indian "plant" supplying the IS operative with explosives without triggers and even arranging for his accommodation in the capital's Lajpat Nagar, an said.

The Afghan IS operative, who enrolled himself in an engineering college on Delhi's outskirts, was flown to days after his arrest and is said to be now under the custody of the US military in

He had also helped the US military in its fight against the in Afghanistan, the said.

The IS plans to target New was detected following more than a year of surveillance in Afghanistan, and It was found that a group of 12 IS operatives were being sent to different parts of the world after training in to carry out bomb attacks.

The Indian operative was the one who located the safehouse for the Afghan, though initially a third-floor apartment was arranged, this was later changed to a ground-floor apartment, the said.

The Afghan national had done recce of his possible targets such as the Airport, Ansal Plaza mall, a Vasant Kunj mall as well as the South Extension market.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 18:55 IST