LAKKI MARWAT  - Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested seven criminals, including a suspected militant, during a search operation in the far remote villages bordering the frontier tribal region.

"The operation was launched in Bargai, Takhtikhel and Walai areas when DPO received credible information about the presence of miscreants and wanted criminals there," said an official.

He said that policemen assisted by commandos of Elite Force and Anti Terror Squad and backed by Armoured Personnel Carrier vehicles destroyed hideouts of criminals' gangs in the border village. "The law enforcers captured a suspected militant and seized a hand grenade, a wireless set and a good number of LMG bullets from him," he maintained. He said that police also rounded up a proclaimed offender and four other wanted men in the operation.

The official claimed that a huge cache of illegal weapons were recovered from arrested outlaws and cases were registered against them under relevant section of law.