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Pakistani forces arrest more than 2,000

Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM   |   Comments

BARA, Pakistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- In a massive security operation, Pakistani forces have arrest more than 2,000 suspected militants in the Khyber Agency.

The security operation in Pakistan's troubled North-West Frontier Province led to security forces detaining roughly 2,300 suspects while demolishing two militant bases on the second day of the search operation in various areas of Akakhel in Bara tehsil.

A security source speaking on condition of anonymity said that the forces involved in the operation undertaken in Akahel's Droadda, Gudmalang and Kalanga areas resulted in the detention of more than 2,300 suspects.

Of those detained, 700 were subsequently released after the initial investigations, with the remainder of the detainees being transferred to the nearby Frontier Corps camps for further investigation, Pakistan's the News International news agency reported.

Among those targeted was Lashkar-e-Islam militant bomb-maker Abid, who subsequently died from injuries suffered during the raids. Abid, along with his three LeI associates, including local LeI commander Fazal Haq, had been wounded in a gunfight with Pakistani security forces in Gudmalang area on the first day of the search.

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