Pakistan detains al-Qaida suspects

Pakistan has arrested an al-Qaida suspect and eight others suspected of carrying out an attack on a military commander last week.

    Arrests follow an attack on an army general last week

    Information Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said on Sunday that an Arab national, an important member of al-Qaida, had been arrested. He was identified as Musaad Arushi.

    "The al-Qaida person is the nephew of Khalid Shaikh Muhammad," the minister said.

    Khalid was the alleged mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US and was arrested in a Pakistani army major's house in the city of Rawalpindi near Islamabad last year.

    Meanwhile, Interior Minister Faisal Salih Hayat claimed an eight-member gang of foreign al-Qaida operatives had been arrested for their involvement in acts of terrorism, "including Thursday's attack on the Corps Commander's convoy in Karachi".

    The eight are believed to be Uzbeks and Chechens.

    The attack on the convoy of Lieutenant General Ahsan Salim Hayat killed seven soldiers, three policemen and a passer-by.

    The general escaped unhurt.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.