Nine al Qaeda suspect arrested in Pakistan

Islamabad, Sept 11, IRNA – A Pakistani intelligence agency has detained six members of al Qaeda’s suicide squad, their local handler and two of their technical collaborators, local media reported on Wednesday.

Out of seven al Qaeda members, four have taken special jihadi training in Miramshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, while the other three are also experts in different fields with five having expertise in information technology/communication, improvised explosive devices (IED), diploma associate engineer in automobile technology and media coordination.

The detained collaborators are local shopkeepers from an electronic market. They allegedly provided the electronic gadgets, used in suicidal missions, sources familiar with the matter told media.

From their physical appearance it is clear that some of the detained men are foreigners though the others are drawn from the provinces of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

During the course of interrogation, it was revealed that the squad members had succeeded in preparing an explosive suicide vehicle (a car) which is still present in Lahore at an unidentified location with a fake licence plate. Though the vehicle poses a potential threat to citizens, it hasn’t been impounded by law enforcement agencies as yet.

The operation was conducted by a premier intelligence agency whose operatives picked up another member of al Qaeda “Fidayeen” mission on September 3 from a room of Punjab University Hostel No 1.

The militant, after the initial raid seemed to be an Arab national who arrived in Lahore for leading a “Fidayeen” (suicidal mission) about three weeks ago and was allegedly provided shelter by the Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT), the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). But the man was actually a resident of K-P.

The university had allotted a room to a Statistics Department student Ahmed Sajjad, who allegedly had an association with the IJT.

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