Tuesday, February 24, 2004
1227 GMT - Pakistani soldiers apprehended several suspected jihadists in an antimilitant operation in the tribal areas on Feb. 24. A spokesman for the Pakistani military, Major Gen. Shaukat Sultan, said, "There are up to 20 people arrested, and there are some foreigners among them." Sultan stated that the operation -- which took place in south Waziristan about 180 miles southwest of the capital city of Islamabad and involved hundreds of troops backed by gunship helicopters -- had ended and there were no casualties. He added that weapons, ammunition, audiocassettes and certain documents, including passports, were confiscated and that the detainees included women and children.