A suspected terrorist blew himself up Saturday during a raid mounted by Pakistani police on suspected militants in the southern Pakistani town of Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers said that "documents used for acts of terrorism were also recovered" from the man's possession.
The U.S. embassy gave no comment on whether Saeed Abdul Salam was an American citizen, but the Rangers' statement said that he had traveled to many countries with an American passport. Tests confirmed that Salam died from the explosion of a hand grenade, but none of his four children were wounded in the attack.
Militant groups like al-Qaida have increased their presence in southern Pakistan. However, American and other Islamist militants from the West have moved primarily to lawless areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The area is also suspected to be the hideout of Adam Gadahn, an English-language propagandist for al-Qaida forces headquartered in the region.