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'Terrorists had planned to strike Somnath temple'

In the wake of intelligence inputs on a possible terror strike by LeT operatives, Somnath temple on Saurashtra coast was earlier put on high alert.  

A top Home Ministry official, on Tuesday, said that National Security Advisor of Pakistan Naseer Khan Janjua's inputs over infiltration of terrorist were correct.

He said that 3 of the ten terrorists were "neutralised" three days ago.

Plan to attack Somnath temple

The official said that they were not in a position to share any further information about the three killed terrorists as verification process was still on. He also said that the terrorists planned to strike the famous Somnath temple on the coast of Gujarat, ahead of Maha Shivratri celebrations last week.

"There are seven more, whom we have to track. The terrorists could belong to a third country as well," said the official.

Mr. Janjua had tipped off his counterpart Ajit Doval that they had information about ten terrorists, belonging to either Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

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