5 militants killed in shootout in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Police say they have killed five
militants linked to Pakistan's Taliban leader in a shootout in the
southern city of Karachi.

City police chief Waseem Ahmed said the gunfight erupted in the
early hours of Saturday when police raided an apartment, where they
later found a large quantity of explosives that may have been
destined for suicide bombing attacks.

Ahmed said the militants were loyal to Baitullah Mehsud,
Pakistan's Taliban leader who is blamed for a string of attacks
across the country. Mehsud is the target of a military operation
heating up in his home territory of South Waziristan in the
volatile northwest.

A Mehsud spokesman on Friday claimed responsibility for a
suicide bombing against the army in Pakistani Kashmir and warned
the Taliban would launch more attacks.

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