February 20, 2005


Pakistan deploys commandos against extremists (Agence France Presse, February 19, 2005)

Pakistan deployed specially trained anti-Al-Qaeda commandos to guard against sectarian violence Friday as two Sunni militants planning to attack parades by rival Shiites blew themselves up.

The so-called Quick Reaction Force - which formerly battled militants linked to Osama bin Laden's terror network in tribal areas near Afghanistan - will patrol in sensitive central and northwestern regions. [...]

Police in Quetta said two members of a banned Al-Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group had killed themselves with a grenade early Friday after a raid on their hideout.

"The militants could have attacked Shiite processions in the city today and there is also a possibility they were planning to attack the main Ashoura procession" on Sunday, said provincial police chief Chaudhry Mohammed Yaqub.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2005 12:15 PM
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