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Pakistani officers raid security firm

PAKISTANI police raided a local security firm contracted by the United States Embassy yesterday, seizing dozens of allegedly unlicensed weapons at a time when American use of private contractors is under unusual scrutiny.

Two employees of the Inter-Risk company were arrested, Islamabad police official Rana Akram said. Reporters were shown 61 assault rifles and nine pistols.

He said police were searching for the owner of the firm, which has been mentioned recently in local media reports that have been trying to establish the types of private security firms American diplomats use in Pakistan.

It has been suggested that the United States may be using the American firm formerly known as Blackwater, which was refused an operating license by Iraq's government early this year amid continued outrage over a lethal 2007 fire fight involving some of its employees in Baghdad.

The US Embassy denies it uses Blackwater -- now Xe Services -- in Pakistan.

Akram said police are investigating whether any other private security firms are using illegal weapons.


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