updated 3/22/2010 11:43:32 AM ET 2010-03-22T15:43:32

Pakistani officials say two highly experienced Taliban militants have been arrested while planning to attack top hotels and kidnap diplomats in Pakistan. One of the men claims to have helped plan previous attacks.

The two men, both deserters from a government paramilitary force, were arrested recently in a hotel in Rawalpindi, a crowded city near Islamabad, said Islamabad Police Chief Bin Yamin. He declined to say when the men were arrested or what information lead authorities to them.

One of the arrested men, speaking to reporters at a police station, said their targets included five-star hotels and a club for Westerners.

Yamin said police also seized two suicide vests and weaponry in the raid.

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