Pakistan police: 4 Taliban plotting attack killed

2014-12-13 11:31

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Multan - A senior police officer in Pakistan says officers killed four Taliban fighters likely plotting to attack a planned Shi'ite rally.

Officer Rai Zameerul Haq says the four men were spotted travelling in a vehicle on Saturday near the city of Muzaffargarh in eastern Punjab province and were killed in a shoot-out. He says officers later raided the men's hideout and recovered dozens of grenades, rocket launchers and four suicide bomb vests.

The officer says authorities believe the men planned to target a rally planned on Saturday for Shi'ites marking a commemoration 40 days after Ashoura, in which they mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala.

Shi'ites hold these rallies across Pakistan despite threats from Sunni extremists who consider them to be heretics.

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