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India warned of paraglider attacks

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
  • Junior home minister insists Indian troops are trained to fight off such an assault
  • He did not specify when officials received intelligence
  • India

New Delhi, India (CNN) -- Indian intelligence officials have received tips that terrorist groups may be planning an attack on the country using paragliders, the country's junior home minister told parliament.

"There are intelligence inputs that some terrorist groups have acquired sophisticated technologies and (are) planning to use paragliders for terror attacks," junior home minister Mullappally Ramachandran said Wednesday.

He insisted that Indian troops had been trained to fight off any such assault.

"Indian security forces have equipped their troops with ultra-modern and sophisticated equipment to detect and neutralize such contingency," Ramachandran said.

He did not specify exactly when officials received the intelligence.

Indian authorities believe the gunmen who raided Mumbai in November 2008 entered the country from the sea to strike the financial capital, leaving more than 160 people dead. Indian authorities blame the attack on Pakistani militants.