Pakistan detains 13 alleged Islamic State supporters

MULTAN, Pakistan -- Two Pakistani counterterrorism officials say authorities have detained 13 local militants who were trying to set up an Islamic State affiliate.

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The officials said Tuesday the men were captured this week during a raid in the eastern Punjab province.

The officials say authorities seized weapons and CDs from the detained men, who allegedly pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters.

They say 9 of the 13 men were brought before a court Tuesday, which allowed them to be held for up to 10 days for questioning.

Local authorities insist the Syria and Iraq-based IS group has no footprint in Pakistan, which has long battled the Taliban and other homegrown militants.


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