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Pakistani Police Arrest Al-Qaida Suspects - 2003-01-09

Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several al-Qaida suspects after a shootout in the southern city of Karachi.

Authorities say the suspects were rounded up during an early morning raid on the outskirts of Karachi. The militants threw several grenades during the operation in Gulshan-e-Maimar, but none of the security officials were injured.

Police are still looking for at least one suspect who was wounded in the gunfire but managed to escape.

Two foreigners are among the detainees but their nationalities are immediately not known.

Pakistani authorities say they have captured more than 400 al-Qaida suspects in the past year as part of Pakistan's cooperation in the U.S.-led war on terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan. Most of them are now in U.S. custody.

The policy has outraged militant Islamic groups in Pakistan. The government blames these forces for a number of recent deadly attacks against Western and Christian targets in Pakistan.