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Pakistan says arrested five more `al-Qaeda` suspects

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Aug 13, IRNA -- Pakistan`s Interior Minister Faisal Saleh 
Hayat has said that another five suspects have been arrested in two 
days, adding that it is far too soon to know if they are connected 
with al-Qaeda. 
The minister also urged US officials to keep information from the 
investigation secret. 
In an interview with a foreign radio on Thursday, Interior 
Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said authorities are closing in on the 
al-Qaeda network`s operations in Pakistan and more arrests are likely 
soon. 
"The net is closing around the al-Qaeda structure within Pakistan,
so certainly there is considerable room for optimism in this context,"
he said. 
He said his country`s aggressive pursuit of suspected al-Qaeda 
operatives will continue, but warns that some news reports about the 
sweep are incorrect. 
Pakistan said it had detained in recent days an estimated 20 
al-Qaeda suspects, including most-wanted fugitive Ahmed Khalfan 
Ghailani and alleged al-Qaeda computer expert Mohammed Naeem Noor 
Khan. 
The minister said many recent news media reports are inaccurate 
or speculative about the details of those arrested or their attack 
targets. 
Hayat said news reports that are relevant could be jeopardizing 
future operations against al-Qaeda. 
He also urged caution on the part of US investigators to keep 
operational information secret. 
"Pakistani investigators are exercising extreme caution. I would 
also very strongly suggest and advise the American officials to also 
adopt a similar approach," Hayat said. 
Some recent media reports have suggested that Bush administration 
officials or investigators have leaked information about the Pakistani
arrests in order to justify increased US national alert levels. 
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