FBI-Pakistan joint operation leads to arrest of Al Qaeda suspects

Published January 9th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Pakistani police officials say they have arrested three suspected al Qaeda network operatives following a shootout in the southern port city of Karachi.  


The arrests before dawn Thursday came after a joint manhunt in cooperation with agents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 


One of the suspects threw a grenade at police during the shootout, but none of the officers involved in the operation was hurt.  


Another suspect is thought to have escaped, police say, and believe he was injured during the exchange of fire.  


"Three suspected al Qaeda men including two foreigners are now in our custody," Pakistan's Home Secretary Aslam Sanjrani told reporters. Police sources told CNN they believe other arrests will take place shortly. 


It should be noted that the house at the center of the raid is situated less than a kilometer from the area where the remains of murdered reporter Daniel Pearl were found last year, however there is no indication that any of those held in Thursday's raid were connected with Pearl's abduction and killing. (Albawaba.com)

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