Pakistani authorities were questioning two foreigners on suspicion of links with al-Qaida, two security officials said Wednesday.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspects were captured after a shootout Monday in Mardon town, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Peshawar, capital of the deeply conservative North West Frontier Province.
"They are in the custody of a Pakistani intelligence agency," one official said. He declined to give more details, including the suspects' nationalities.
Pakistan - a key ally of the United States in the war against terrorism - has deployed about 70,000 soldiers in the country's tribal regions, which border Afghanistan, to fight Islamic militants and track down al-Qaida fugitives.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, Pakistani security forces have arrested more than 700 terror suspects, including several senior al-Qaida figures. Many have been handed over to U.S. authorities.
RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press Writer
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities