Pakistani officials say six Islamic militants were killed ahead of a planned attack on a university in the central province of Punjab.
Counterterrorism police officials said on May 20 that a group of militants was in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan near the city of Multan when police attacked them and engaged in a shoot-out.
Officials say the militants were planning an attack on the nearby Bahauddin Zakariya University.
The incident followed the May 18 killing by Pakistani security forces of eight alleged militants in the village of Nawabpur, which is near Multan.
Counterterrorism officials said some of the militants killed were members of the extremist group Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, police in Peshawar said three suspected suicide bombers were killed when a suicide vest exploded on a motorcycle while the men were driving towards Peshawar from the Khbyer tribal region.