Police acting on a tip from intelligence agents raided militant hideouts in eastern Pakistan, arresting five suspected Islamic radicals and seizing explosives, an official said Friday.
The men were members of an outlawed Sunni Muslim militant group who were planning to target government buildings, security agencies and other installations, said Chaudhry Manzoor of the Federal Investigation Agency.
He did not give specific details of their alleged plans. The men were arrested this week and were still being questioned by police, he said.
Authorities also seized a significant amount of bomb-making material from the militants’ hideouts in the eastern city of Lahore and elsewhere, he said.
Pakistan is a key ally in the U.S. war on terror. It has suffered scores of terrorist attacks in recent years, most blamed on al-Qaida-linked Islamic militants who want the government stop helping Washington.
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The latest arrests came two weeks after the government said it foiled a terror plot by arresting six suspected suicide bombers and seizing more than a ton of explosives near the capital, Islamabad.
Pakistani security agencies have been on high alert since June 2 when a suicide car bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the Danish embassy in Islamabad and killed six people.