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6 Al-Qaeda suspects held in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 1, IRNA
Pakistan-Al-Qaeda Suspects
The authorities in Pakistan have arrested as many as six Al-Qaeda (foreigners) suspects in Pakistan's Peshawar city.

"Daily Times" reported in its Friday issue that the anti-terrorism police and an intelligence agency held the suspects in a combined operation in Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) on Thursday.

The daily noted that the suspects, allegedly Afghans and three Central Asians, were arrested during a raid on their hideout, following a tipoff.

Two hand-grenades, a pistol, computer disks and literature glorifying militancy were seized during the raid, the newspaper added.

Since 9/11 events, hundreds of Al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives and some of their key 'leaders' have been arrested by the authorities and some 500 hundred of them handed over to the US authorities.

The crackdown is continuing to root out the remnants of terrorists and militants from across the country, particularly from tribal areas, where the army, backed by other security forces, in a number of actions, killed dozens of them and taken in to custody others.

Pakistan shares around 2400-kilometre long and rugged border with Afghanistan.

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