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Al Qaeda had plans to attack Parliament House: Advani

Al Qaeda had plans to attack the Parliament House in New Delhi, besides places in Britain and Australia, along with the September 11 strikes in the United States, Union Home Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani said on Wednesday quoting confessions by an arrested terrorist.

Stating that the terrorist had been arrested in Bombay, Advani said, "His confessions were very startling. He told the police that Al Qaeda had plans to attack Britain, Australia and our Parliament House. It was a massive conspiracy."

Advani, who did not name the terrorist, said the terrorist had received flight training in Australia.

"We have been able to confirm his statements and some other information he had revealed," the minister said.

"From what all this man has said, it seems his confessions carry some weight," Advani said.

Investigations are still on and the leads he has given were still being pursued, the home minister added.

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