Terrorists planning 'spectacular violence' in Goa

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Panaji, Dec 18: Based on intelligence inputs, Goa home minister Ravi Naik informed the legislative assembly of the Pakistan-based terrorists groups planning to indulge in 'spectacular violence' in Goa.

"Available intelligence inputs indicate that a strong desire is entertained by various Pak-based terrorist groups to indulge in spectacular violence in Goa," Naik said in a written reply to a discussion on matters of urgent importance in the wake of the reports suggesting that the terror suspect David Coleman Headley visited Goa.

"It may be pointed out that Goa is emerging as an important target for terrorists because of the presence of foreign tourists from countries like the US, Britain and Israel and any attack impacting their safety would immediately attract international media attention," Naik noted.

The Home Minister assured that the Goa police is working closely with the central intelligence agencies and state police organisations in order to make sure that any information regarding threats to security or possible terror attacks are shared as quickly as possible.

Referring to the recent media reports quoting home ministry sources saying that Headley visited Goa earlier in 2009 and stayed there for a week, the home minister said, "Goa police have taken necessary note of the reports indicating visit of a certain individual to Goa. And in interest of ensuring security of information, nothing more needs to be stated."

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