Pakistan kills four Islamic State-linked militants in shootout

MULTAN, PAKISTAN (AP) — Pakistani police acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout in a wooded area in the country’s east killing four members of an Islamic State (IS)-linked group, the country’s counter-terrorism agency said yesterday.

In a statement, the agency said the overnight raid was carried out in Bahawalpur, a deeply conservative district in Punjab province where outlawed militants have a strong presence. It said police seized weapons and bomb making material, foiling a possible attack and claimed the slain militants wanted to target places of worship in a minority community. The agency statement provided no further details.