Pakistani police have killed a suspected Islamic militant and captured another in a raid on a house in southwestern Baluchistan province.
Authorities say 11 police officers were also wounded in the operation on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Quetta, after the militants hurled two grenades from the house.
Police say they believe the suspects to be Chechens with ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network. They say the overnight raid was carried out based on information obtained from another Chechen, arrested Monday in connection with a robbery.
Pakistan is a key U.S. ally in the war against terrorism and has arrested scores of Taleban and al-Qaida suspects. The country's main operations against foreign militants have been in the semi-autonomous tribal region of South Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan.