India nabs militants over terror plot

NEW DELHI - Indian police have arrested four suspected Islamist militants over a possible attack ahead of elections starting next month.

Zia-Ur-Rahman, alias Waqas, was arrested on Saturday in Ajmer in the western state of Rajasthan.

It was the second major blow for the Indian Mujahideen after the capture of founder leader Yasin Bhatkal in Nepal last year. The group has been linked to dozens of bomb attacks in recent years.

Three other suspected members of the group were also arrested with a large quantity of explosives, police said.

"Their target was a terror strike," Mr S. N. Srivastava, a top police official in New Delhi, told a news conference yesterday.

He declined to comment when asked if opposition leader Narendra Modi was being targeted, saying they needed to investigate further.