7 foreigners held in Bara crackdown
PESHAWAR: Security forces on Wednesday arrested seven foreign suspects during a crackdown in Bajri village near Bara Qadeem, an area where the outskirts of the provincial metropolis merge into the lawless suburb of the Khyber Agency. It was learnt four of the arrested high-profile foreigners were Arabs while the rest were Afghans. The suspects have been shifted to an unknown location for interrogation. They were identified as Rustam, Khalid, Ayaz, Nisar, Riaz, Bakhshi and Zahir. However, a source termed all these names fake.
Security forces sealed the entire area and gunship helicopters were hovering over the territory. Sources said some foreign forces also took part in the operation and a US drone was also seen flying over the area.
When contacted, government circles, however, did not confirm the participation of foreign intelligence forces in the operation. The security forces suspected that the arrested foreigners were involved in attacks on terminals on the Ring road where supplies for the Nato forces were stored.
A senior police official expressed his ignorance over the arrest of foreigners in the outskirts of the city. AFP adds: Security forces on Wednesday arrested a Saudi, senior al-Qaeda operative allegedly wanted in connection with the 2005 attacks on London in a lightning raid in the tribal belt.
Security forces stormed a militant den in Peshawar, capturing the operative and six other suspected militants, a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The official said the al–Qaeda operative was wanted for the July 7, 2005 suicide bombings in London, and named him as Zabiul Taifi. “He’s been arrested in Peshawar this morning. The suspect has been shifted to Islamabad for interrogation,” the official said.
“It was a well-planned raid carried out against a militant den. The culprits were caught off guard and captured without resistance,” the official said. Another security official described the Saudi national as a plotter of the July 7 bombings that killed 52 commuters in the English capital.
Local officials in confirmed the arrests and said American investigators were present at the time of the operation. “We are investigating the reports,” said a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when asked about the Wednesday’s arrests. Some of the other six suspected militants arrested were Afghans, said the senior security official.