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Pakistani Security Forces Arrest at Least Three Al-Qaida Suspects

Pakistani officials say security forces have arrested at least three al-Qaida suspects after a gunfight near the Afghan border.

They say police opened fire Monday on a car carrying the suspects outside the northwestern city of Peshawar and forced it to stop.

Reports say one of the suspects escaped while the others were arrested.

This comes less than a week after Pakistani officials said a senior al-Qaida explosives expert was killed in a raid on a suspected insurgent hideout in the tribal region of North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan.

Egyptian-born Muhsin Musa Matwali Atwah was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The United States offered a $5 million reward for his capture. Six other Islamic militants were killed in the raid.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP .