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'Leading Pakistani militant' held
The man police say is the militant Qasim Toori
Police say this is Qasim Toori after his arrest
Pakistani police say they have captured a leading militant in a shoot-out in Karachi that left three other militants and two police officers dead.

The militant is Qasim Toori, a leading member of the banned Sunni militant group, Jundullah (Army of God).

Initial reports said that Mr Toori had also been killed in the shooting on Tuesday evening.

Police say he was involved in an attack on the Karachi corps commander in 2004 in which 10 people died.

Nine people were sentenced to death for their involvement in the attack.

'Major attack'

"Qasim Toori is alive. He is in our custody and facing serious charges," Sindh province Home Minister Akhtar Zamin told the AFP news agency.

"Toori was injured and identified by another injured militant in the hospital."

Qasim Toori
Mr Toori is one of the country's most wanted militants

Mr Zamin said police had recovered explosives and suicide jackets, indicating that the militants were planning a major attack in Karachi.

Police had been offering a reward of 500,000 rupees ($8,300) for Mr Toori's capture.

Karachi is Pakistan's largest port city and has a history of criminal, sectarian and ethnic tension.

Senior police official Manzoor Mughal told journalists that Tuesday's shoot-out started when police acting on a tip-off raided a building in the east of Karachi.

The gun battle continued for over five hours.

Earlier police said they had recovered 25kg of explosives, ball bearings used in bomb making and assault rifles from the building.

Accidental

Elsewhere three men were killed in an explosion inside a house on the eastern outskirts of Peshawar in North West Frontier Province on Tuesday night.

Police say they believe the three men were militants and died when the explosives they were handling went off accidentally.



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