Pakistani security forces have arrested several foreign nationals they suspect have ties to al-Qaida militants
A senior intelligence official said the men were captured in two separate raids on private homes on the outskirts of Peshawar, capital of the North West Frontier Province.
The men were apprehended following a tip from an intelligence source on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The French Press Agency reports that one of the detainees, Abdul Aziz, is said to be a fluent speaker of the local Pashtu language. He was caught with documents and computer discs among other items.
Since Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf became an ally of the United States after the September 11 attacks on the United States, Pakistan has detained hundreds of suspected al-Qaida members or associates.