ISLAMABAD, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Police in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi have arrested five militants affiliated with proscribed organization Islamic State (IS) during a search operation, local reports said Monday.
The raid was conducted on an intelligence tip-off regarding the presence of the alleged militants in their hideout in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of the city, ARY News quoted local police as reporting.
Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from the five militants who were accused of radicalization and indoctrination of Pakistani youth by using social media platform.
The arrested suspects were shifted to some unknown location for investigations.
The raid came two days after IS claimed a deadly suicide attack in the country's southwestern Balochistan province. Targeting a minority Shiite ethnic group, the explosion left over 20 people killed and scores of others injured.
A senior security official from Balochistan earlier told Xinhua that the IS recently announced its "revenge for defeat in Syria," and authorities got a tip-off that Pakistan might be an easy target for the local militants returning back to their countries of origin from Syria after the defeat.
Security was beefed up across the country following Friday's IS attack, and Monday's raid is being taken as a timely act by the law enforcement agencies to foil the possible IS attacks in the future.