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Pakistan arrests suspected bombers

SYDNEY, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Pakistani authorities have arrested six suspected al-Qaida-linked terrorists believed to be planning suicide bombings.

The Australian's South Asia correspondent reported that three men from the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, which is linked to al-Qaida and which supports Taliban guerrillas, were seized Sunday in Karachi following a shootout with authorities.

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Three other men were arrested on a train in Sukkur, and were found in possession of explosives and wire circuitry, the report said.

Authorities believe bomb attacks were planned to avenge a Pakistani military attack last month on a suspected al-Qaida base in South Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber killed 16 people and wounded 30 others in a courthouse in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

The Quetta bombing prompted the government Saturday to warn foreign diplomats in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, to limit their travel around the city as a safety precaution.

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