Pakistan's Army Arrests Senior al-Qaeda Leader

Al Arabiya06.09.2011 Security

Pakistan's Army Arrests Senior al-Qaeda Leader

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A senior al-Qaeda leader has been arrested in Southwest Pakistan along with two other high-ranking operatives for the global terror network, the Pakistani army announced on Monday.

Younis al-Mauritani, who was involved in planning and carrying out international operations, was picked up in the suburbs of the southwestern city of Quetta, the military said.

“In an intelligence driven operation by Inter Services Intelligence in coordination with Frontier Corps Balochistan, a senior al-Qaeda leader, Younis al-Mauritani mainly responsible for planning and conduct of international operations, was nabbed along with two other senior al-Qaeda operatives, Abdul Ghaffar al-Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara al-Shami (Mujahid Amino) from suburbs of Quetta,” according to the statement posted on the website of Inter Services Public Relations, Defense Ministry Department.

“Mauritani was tasked personally by Osama Bin Ladan to focus on hitting targets of economical importance in United States of America, Europe and Australia. He was planning to target United States economic interests including gas/oil pipelines, power generating dams and strike ships/oil tankers through explosive laden speed boats in International waters,” the statement explained.

Pakistan’s military added the operation was planned and conducted with the technical assistance of the United States Intelligence Agencies.


Source: Al Arabiya & Agencies


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