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Pakistani Forces Raid Islamic Seminary Near Afghan Border


Pakistan says its troops have raided a madrassa, or Islamic seminary, in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing a suspected militant in a shootout and arresting seven others.

A military statement Wednesday says security forces raided the Abu Shoaib madrassa in the semi-autonomous region bordering Afghanistan. Officials say the school was being used as a recruiting center for militants.

The statement says security forces seized a large supply of arms, ammunition, explosives and documents during the raid.

President Pervez Musharraf has said he plans to close those madrassas that do not register with the government by December 31.

Pakistan, a key anti-terrorism ally of the United States, has been trying to flush out foreign militants from the region for almost 18 months. The area is also considered a possible hideout for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.