Islamabad: Al-Qaeda leader arrested near Pak-Iran border
ISLAMABAD: Naamen Maziche, an important leader of al–Qaeda, has been arrested at Pak–Iran border, sources said here on Wednesday. The al–Qaeda leader of French origin was held by the intelligence agencies during a successful operation near the border with Iran. He is considered to be a close aide of another al–Qaeda leader Younis Al–Mauretani, who was responsible for al–Qaeda’s external operations. Al-Mauretani, along with three other terrorists, was arrested by the intelligence agencies in Quetta in September 2011.During investigations, he gave information about Naamen Maziche and his activities. Since then the intelligence agencies were in pursuit of Naamen Maziche and finally succeeded in arresting him.
AFP adds: A French militant described as an Al–Qaeda leader and a member of the German terror cell linked to the 9/11 attacks has been held in Pakistan, experts and a Pakistani official said on Wednesday.
Naamen Meziche was detained after disclosures by Younus al–Mauritani, apparently tasked by Osama bin Laden to plot attacks on Australia, Europe and the US and captured in Pakistan last year, the security official told AFP. Born in 1970 and of Algerian descent, experts say Meziche is an “important” al-Qaeda member in Europe.