Pakistan police arrest 3 militants

Police raided a suspected hide-out of an Islamic militant group before dawn Friday in southern Pakistan, arresting three men for their links with a 2002 bomb attack that killed one person, a police official said.

Officers also recovered pistols and hand grenades from the men during the raid in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, said an area police chief, Raja Omar Khitab.

He said the men were from Harkatul Mujahedeen Al-Almi, an outlawed domestic group. Dozens of its activists and leaders have been arrested in recent years for alleged involvement in several acts of terrorism in Pakistan.

Khitab said the suspects had confessed to links with a 2002 bombing in Karachi that killed one man and wounded nine others. He gave no further details.

Harkatul Mujahedeen Al-Almi is also suspected of playing a key role in a failed assassination attempt against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf in Karachi in April 2002, reports the AP.

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