Pakistani security kills al Qaeda-linked militants
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 01:27
May 17 - Pakistani security forces kill five suspected al Qaeda-linked militants who had tried to carry out a suicide bombing in southwestern city of Quetta. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Pakistani security forces kill five suspected al Qaeda-linked militants who had tried to carry out a suicide bombing in southwestern city of Quetta Tuesday.
Police say the would-be bombers included three women and are believed to be foreigners, police said.
They were killed in a gunfight near a paramilitary checkpost in a city that is believed to be a base for the Afghan Taliban leadership.
Officials say the suspects had hand grenades and bombs strapped to their bodies. At least one of the attackers blew himself up before being shot
No security forces were killed.
Pakistan's Taliban, which is close to al Qaeda, has vowed to avenge bin Laden's death. Last week its suicide bombers killed 80 people at a paramilitary academy in northwestern Pakistan.
Pakistan's commitment to fighting militancy has come under intense scrutiny after it was discovered that bin Laden appeared to have spent years living there before he was killed by U.S. special forces in a garrison town not far from the capital Islamabad on May 2.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.
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