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Tuesday, 14 May, 2002, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Police kill Pakistan's most wanted man

Police in Pakistan say one of the country's most notorious sectarian extremists, Riaz Basra, has been shot dead.

They said he was killed along with three other militants during a raid on a village in Punjab province.

Riaz Basra was the founder of a militant Sunni Muslim group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, held responsible for attacks on the minority Shia community and Iranians in Pakistan.

These attacks have caused hundreds of deaths.

Police say they arrived just as Riaz Basra and his heavily-armed accomplices were about to attack the home of a prominent Shia in Vehari district, 300 kms south of Lahore.

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