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Pakistani Police Kill 2 Suspected Militants, Arrest 12

Pakistani officials say they have killed two suspected Islamic militants and arrested another 12 in separate raids.

Police say they killed two foreign militants and arrested another 11 during a raid Saturday in a village in the remote North Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan. They say a shootout erupted after security forces surrounded the hideout of the suspected militants.

The Pakistani armed forces have launched several operations in recent years to flush out suspected al-Qaida and Taleban fighters they believe have taken refuge in remote border regions.

Earlier, police announced the arrest of Ramzan Mengal, a man they described as a senior member of the outlawed Sunni Muslim militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

They said they arrested him Friday in the southwestern city of Quetta in connection with attacks on Shi'ite Muslims that have claimed more than 100 lives.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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