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Terrorists were part of suicide squad: Fernandes

The terrorists who attacked Parliament on Thursday were part of a suicide squad and one of them blew himself up near the main gate on the Vijay Chowk side, Defence Minister George Fernandes said.

The minister said the terrorists came to the Parliament House in a white ambassador (DL3CJ 1527) with a blaring siren. The car, he said, had both Parliament House as well as Ministry of Home stickers.

Immediately, after getting off the car, the terrorists opened indiscriminate fire and one of them, who apparently had explosives strapped to his body, blew himself up.

Fernandes said under the hail of gunfire, the other terrorists rushed towards Gate number 5 and 8.

Three of them were killed outside gate number 8 and one outside gate number 5.

He said he had himself seen the bodies of the slain terrorists and confirmed that six Delhi police personnel were also killed.

Chinese made grenades, AK-47 and RDX were found at the spot, he said.

"Their (terrorists) intentions were very sinister but the security forces acted promptly....government would have to come down heavily on this (terrorism)." he said.

The minister said the attack was not unexpected as there were intelligence inputs that Parliament House could be targeted.

PTI

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