Pakistan detains ex-navy commandos after raid
ISLAMABAD – A security official says Pakistani intelligence agents are detaining all members of the navy who have been fired over the last several years as part of investigations into last week's militant attack on a naval base.
The officer said Monday at least one ex-commando was detained Friday in the city of Lahore because he was dismissed from the force. He says its unclear whether the man had any link to the raid on the base in Karachi.
The move suggests that Pakistani authorities suspect the militants who attacked the base may have had inside knowledge.
The officer did not give his name because of the sensitivities of revealing details of intelligence operations.
Pakistani intelligence agencies are not bound by law to have firm suspicion or evidence to detain people.
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Intelligence officials and a witness say a bomb has exploded in a hotel in the main town of a militant-infested Pakistani region close to the Afghan border.
They said the blast Monday wounded 12 people in the town of Miram Shah in North Waziristan.
Witness Adnan Wazir says the blast hit a hotel in the main market, badly damaging the building.
Intelligence officials who discussed the blast are not allowed to give their names.
Miram Shah is said by locals to be under the effective control of al Qaida and Taliban militants.
The United States has long urged Pakistan's army to launch an operation in North Waziristan.