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Unidentified gunmen shot dead two Pakistani intelligence agents involved in tracking down Al-Qaeda militants in the troubled port city of Karachi, officials said Friday, reports AFP.

The two officials from the country’s main civilian spy agency, the Intelligence Bureau, were attacked at a car showroom in the port city’s main commercial area, police officer Salman Syed said.

The victims, identified as Inspector Mohammad Ibrahim and his junior Fazlur Rehman, had received threats in recent months after arresting several militants affiliated to Osama bin Laden’s organisation, officials said.

“The two officials were in the forefront of anti-Al-Qaeda operations in Karachi. They were involved in the arrests of many of the terror network’s operatives in the past two months,” a senior intelligence official told AFP.

“They received death threats from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Aware of these threats the authorities posted Inspector Ibrahim out of the country and he was to take up this post,” the official said. The crowded tenement blocks of Pakistan’s largest city have provided a hiding place for several key Al-Qaeda militants.

Police arrested a key Al-Qaeda-linked militant here wanted for two major bombings after a shootout in January that left four people dead. Qasim Toori was a member of the banned Sunni Muslim militant group Jundullah (Army of God).

Karachi was the scene of Pakistan’s deadliest ever suicide attack in October last year when two bombers attacked the homecoming procession of former premier Benazir Bhutto, killing 139 people.

Bhutto was assassinated in another suicide attack in December in an attack that the government has blamed on Al-Qaeda.

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