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Pakistani police raid homes of U.S. embassy contractor

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  • Homes belong to owner of Inter-Risk, which provides security for U.S. Embassy
  • Police: Two arrested after not being able to provide licenses for weapons
  • High-powered automatic assault rifle and 61 other rifles confiscated
From Reza Sayah
CNN
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani police confiscated dozens of illegal weapons in a Saturday morning raid of two homes belonging to the owner of a security firm linked to the U.S. Embassy.

The homes belong to Capt. Syed Ali Zaidi, who owns Inter-Risk, a Pakistan-based company that provides security for the U.S. Embassy and its consulates in the South Asian nation, said Islamabad police official Rana Muhammad Akram.

He said among the weapons were a high-powered automatic assault rifle and 61 other rifles.

Police arrested two people after they couldn't provide documentation and licenses for the weapons, and are still looking for Zaidi for further questioning. Akram said the company's ties to the U.S. Embassy had nothing to do with the raid.

A spokesman confirmed that the embassy hired Inter-Risk last year, but he said he knew nothing about the allegations of illegal weapons.

"We hired them to augment at the embassy and our consulates. They applied for licenses to fulfill their contractual obligations with the us. We assumed they had their licenses," said Rick Snelsire.

"The minute we engaged them we notified the Pakistani government," he said. "We've been very transparent. We apprised them that they would be seeking to import weapons and get licenses, and my understanding is they did obtain licenses for these types of weapons."

Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.

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