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13 militants arrested

August 25, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Pakistani authorities arrested 13 Islamic militants in separate raids that police said foiled major terrorist attacks and provided clues to how drug sales to Asia and the Persian Gulf help fund the Taliban.

Police seized heroin and bomb-making material in one bust in the southern city of Karachi. In the country's east, authorities captured a main Taliban recruiter of suicide bombers in one of two raids.

Police in Karachi said they arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi movement in a raid in the teeming port city of more than 16 million. The Karachi cell was planning attacks on government officials, police and offices of intelligence agencies in the city, police said.

In the eastern Pakistani city of Sargodha, police arrested six militants in two raids, Police Chief Usman Anwar said. He said they had planned to launch numerous strikes next week.

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