Pakistani forces kill 6 al-Qaeda members, arrest 50 suspected militants

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani forces recently killed six al-Qaeda members in Punjab and rounded up 50 militant suspects nationwide, while terrorists gunnd down a prayer leader in Karachi.

The al-Qaeda members were killed in a shoot-out in Okara District, district police said July 13, according to Dawn. Two police officers were wounded.

The slain terrorists were plotting to attack sensitive government sites, including the office of the district police officer, Saud Magsi, a Punjab Province superintendent of police, said.

In a raid in Lahore, the Punjab Police Counter Terrorism Department July 12 detained three suspected members of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL), Dunya TV reported.

Pakistani law enforcement during the final week of Ramadan detained 47 suspected terrorists and terrorism facilitators nationwide, sources told Dunya TV July 12.

Unidentified motorcyclists July 12 in Karachi gunned down a prayer leader, Habibur Rehman, at his residence, police said, according to Dawn.

In other news, the State Bank of Pakistan recently decided to issue a commemorative coin honouring humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, Dawn reported July 13.

Edhi, the founder of Pakistan's largest private charity, died in Karachi July 8 at age 88.

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