Pakistani agents are struggling to determine whether an Al-Qaida leader is among seven suspected members of the terror group arrested in a weekend raid.
Islamabad has also called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to help interrogate them.
Officials said the suspects were two Egyptian and three Afghan men, and two Arab women.
They were arrested in a raid on an apartment complex yesterday. Five grenades, four handguns, ammunition and maps of Pakistan and Afghanistan were seized.
“Photographs of the arrested people have been taken and they are being matched with other pictures of Al-Qaida suspects,” an intelligence official said. “We are trying to establish whether any senior al-Qaida leader is among these people.”
Agents from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation were set to join Pakistani intelligence officers today or tomorrow in interrogating the suspects.
The Pakistanis had hoped to arrest a leader of a local Islamic militant organization in the raid yesterday, but he was not there, the official said. (AP)