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News number: 8711051227

15:16 | 2009-01-24

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Pakistan Arrests 2 Wanted Militants

TEHRAN (FNA)- Two of the most wanted militants were arrested by Pakistani security forces in a tribal area near the border with Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani official said.



Pakistan's Interior Chief Rehman Malik announced on Friday that security forces have arrested two high value targets in a tribal region near the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The official added that the security forces arrested seven militants during an operation in the town of Bara near Peshawar, Islamic republic news agency reported.

Malik told reporters in Islamabad that another high profile militant has also been killed in Mohmand agency tribal region.

He did not identify the militants but local media reported that Zabi ul Taifi, a Saudi national, was among the detained al-Qaeda suspects.

Taifi is believed to be linked to the 2005 London bombings.

Meanwhile, other reports said that US intelligence agents were in a vehicle near the place of the raid. Reports also said that helicopters were also flying when the operation was underway.

Malik urged the extremists in Swat to lay down their arms and adopt the course of dialogue for bringing peace.

He stressed that the Pakistani government does not want collateral damages and want to resolve the problems through peaceful means.