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Pakistan Arrests 7 Suspected al-Qaida Members - 2004-01-18

Pakistan says it has arrested seven people suspected of links to the al-Qaida terror network.

Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says police took five men and two women into custody in the port city of Karachi.

Local reports described those arrested as linked to al-Qaida, but Mr. Rashid would only confirm that the suspects are "foreigners" with ties to an unnamed international militant network.

He says weapons, including hand grenades and pistols, were also found on the scene.

Pakistan has arrested more than 500 alleged al-Qaida members over the past two years, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the man believed to planned the massive terror attacks on the United States in 2001.