City police chief Waseem Ahmed said the gunfight erupted in the early hours of Saturday when police raided an apartment, where they later found a large quantity of explosives that may have been destined for suicide bombing attacks.
Ahmed said the militants were loyal to Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan's Taliban leader who is blamed for a string of attacks across the country. Mehsud is the target of a military operation heating up in his home territory of South Waziristan in the volatile northwest.
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