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Police: Dozen suspected militants held in Pakistan

Police: Dozen suspected militants held in Pakistan

Police raided a suspected hide-out of Islamic militants in southern Pakistan on Thursday, sparking a clash that left two officers dead and detaining a dozen suspects in what they said was a crackdown on a terror plot.
Police acting on a tip staged the raid in a part of Karachi where many Afghan refugees reside. The alleged militants resisted in a clash that also wounded 10 officers, city police chief Waseem Ahmed said.
"The police averted a terrorism plot in the city," he said, while giving few details.
Karachi is Pakistan's most populous city and its commercial center. The port city has long witnessed political and militant-linked unrest, as well as ethnic violence, and there are fears of a growing Taliban presence there.
Most of the militant-linked violence that has bedeviled Pakistan in the last few years has been centered along its northwestern border with Afghanistan.
It was unclear what group the alleged militants detained Thursday may have been linked to.
Ahmed noted it was still early in the investigation, but revealed that security forces had recovered a large quantity of weapons.


Updated : 2020-11-30 19:56 GMT+08:00