Top Qaeda operative held in Multan
* Al Misri suspected of planning post ‘Operation Silence’ terror wave
By Shahnawaz Khan
LAHORE: Security agencies arrested a top Al Qaeda operative late on Monday along with his two accomplices in Punjab’s southern city of Multan, sources told Daily Times on Tuesday.
The personnel of the security agencies arrested the three suspected terrorists from a shutdown ‘Neel Wali Factory’ located on Abdali Road, the sources said.
Officials have identified the suspects as Tanzanian national Muhammad Al Misri, Anwar Muawiya and Muhammad Shahid.
The sources said the arrest of Al Misri is the second biggest catch following the arrest of Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, former defence minister in the Taliban government, on March 2, 2007.
Wave: The officials said that Al Misri is closely linked with Al Qaeda’s top hierarchy. Al Misri is also suspected to be behind the series of suicide attacks in the country following the crackdown on the Lal Masjid codenamed ‘Operation Silence’, they said.
The sources said that according to preliminary investigations, Al Misri knows five languages including English, Persian, Arabic, Pushto and Urdu.
Anwar, a resident of Abbotabad, belongs to the banned Lashkar e Jhangvi (LJ), the sources said, adding Shahid, another LJ activist, is a local of Multan.
The three militants were hiding in the factory for the past one week, the sources said.