Pakistan detains London bombing suspect
The Al Qaeda militant was one of seven detained for planning attacks on supply convoys for coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has detained seven suspected Al Qaeda militants in a US-assisted raid in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. One of those arrested was identified in reports as Zabih al-Taifi, who Pakistani officials say played a role in the July 2005 subway bombings in London. The arrests are the latest sign of cooperation between Pakistan and its Western allies to combat terrorist groups that straddle the lawless border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.Skip to next paragraph
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Mr. Taifi is a Saudi national, and at least two others detained were ethnic Arabs, the BBC reports. The others were all Afghans. The men, who were arrested at a house of an Afghan refugee on the outskirts of Peshawar, were believed to have planned attacks on trucks crossing into Afghanistan to supply coalition forces. The raid followed a tip-off from US officials.
A resident of Bara Qadeem, the village where the raid took place, told Reuters that he saw some "goras", a term usually applied to white Westerners, observing the raid.
"They came in a black car with tinted glass, but did not take part in the operation," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The intelligence officials had earlier said that the arrested men were believed to have planned attacks on trucks taking supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan and they included four Arabs and three Afghans. A militant source had said that two Arabs and five Afghans were arrested.
The intelligence officials later said the nationality of the other suspects was being established.
The International Herald Tribune reports that seven militants were arrested and were believed to be planning attacks on NATO convoys using the Khyber Pass to supply troops in Afghanistan. A Pakistani security official said Taifi had been hiding in Bajaur, a tribal district that has seen fierce battles between Pakistani troops and Taliban militants.
Taliban guerrillas have recently increased efforts to attack the route, prompting American officials to secure pacts with Russia and Central Asian nations to transport goods into Afghanistan from the north.