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Turks with 'Qaeda' links arrested in Pak

The men, believed to be Turkish nationals, were arrested from a Peshawar-bound bus by Frontier Corps personnel on in Balochistan.

world Updated: Apr 05, 2008 13:57 IST

Four foreigners suspected of having links with Al-Qaeda have been arrested in southwest Pakistan amid reports that they were planning to attack an airbase being used by the US for providing logistics support to its forces in Afghanistan.

The men, believed to be Turkish nationals, were arrested from a Peshawar-bound bus by Frontier Corps personnel on Thursday night in Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan province, officials said on Saturday.

They were handed over to authorities in the provincial capital of Quetta for interrogation.

A large quantity of explosives, 1,600 rounds of ammunition, a laptop, 10 'jehadi' books, CDs and a digital camera were found in their possession. Fake Afghan refugee cards and dollars and riyals were also seized from the men.

Officials said three of the men carried Turkish passports, while the fourth, also believed to be a Turkish national, had no travel documents. The men were suspected of having links with Al-Qaeda, officials said.

Initial investigations suggested the men were planning to attack an airbase in Jacobabad being used by the US for providing logistics support to its forces in the region.