Pakistani security forces have arrested at least 18 people and seized more than 300 weapons during an operation against illegal arms in the remote northern city of Gilgit.
A government administrator in the region (Nadeem Manzoor) says the army, paramilitary troops and police began the house-to-house search late Friday. He says searches will continue until the city is free of all illegal weapons.
The operation came more than a week after unidentified gunmen ambushed and killed a former regional police chief near Gilgit.
In January, the killing of a minority Shi'ite Muslim cleric in the city sparked sectarian violence that left some 15 people dead.