Indian authorities have arrested 10 people and broken up an IS-inspired terrorist cell that had targeted installations, crowded places and VIPs

India’s National Investigation Agency has arrested 10 people suspected of planning a series of bomb attacks on vital installations, crowded places and important people.

The NIA carried out raids in the Indian capital New Delhi and nearby towns, and recovered large amounts of explosives, arms, ammunition and a rocket launcher, agency spokesman Aloke Mittal said.

Laptops, 112 alarm clocks, pipes, a suicide bomber’s vest and more than 100 mobile phones, as well as 750,000 rupees ($A15,000), were among the equipment also uncovered during Wednesday’s raids.

“We detained 16 people, and 10 have been arrested so far,” Mittal said. The members of the cell appeared to have been inspired by the Islamic State terrorist organisation, Mittal added.

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