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1 militant killed, 5 held near Peshawar; 13 killed elsewhere

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Commandos in Pakistan have been
battling fierce resistance in a raid on a militant compound near
Peshawar.

One militant was killed and five others arrested.

The raid targeted a bombing cell accused in recent attacks. The
northwestern Pakistani city is a main gateway to the Afghan border
region where many al-Qaida and Taliban militants are based.

Militants have carried out a wave of deadly attacks in apparent
retaliation for a Pakistan army offensive in the tribal area of
South Waziristan.

Officials say the raid netted a cache of suicide jackets, as
well as a number of bombs, grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and
other weapons.

Pakistani security forces also killed 13 suspected militants in
gunbattles in two other parts of the volatile northwest region.


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