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Pakistan says captured key al-Qaeda suspect being questioned

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 4, IRNA
Pakistani security forces are questioning a key al-Qaeda suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi, who was also wanted for suicide attack on President General Pervez Musharraf, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Wednesday.

"This is a great achievement of the security agencies and armed forces. His arrest proves that our security agencies are very active," Sheikh Rashid told the state run television.

Abu Faraj al Libbi, a Libyan citizen who has worked with bin Laden, is believed to have taken over the No. 3 job with the capture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, in Pakistan in March 2003.

"He was the most wanted man and involved in two assassination of Musharraf," the minister said.

He said that Faraj is being investigated by investigative agencies.

Last year Pakistani officials issued a poster of the country's 'most wanted terrorists', offering rewards of 20 million rupees (about US 333 thousand dollars) for the capture of Abu Faraj.

They said that Abu Faraj is also known as 'Dr. Taufeek'. All in the poster but Abu Faraj were Pakistani citizens.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said Mr Faraj is believed to have instigated two assassination attempts on President Musharraf in December 2003.

He did not disclose when and where Abu Faraj was arrested but intelligence sources say he was arrested in Mardan, a major town in North West Frontier Province a few days ago.

The United States believed that Faraj once served as an assistant to Osama bin Laden, in the Sudan in the early 1990s.

Pakistan says Abu Faraj is the new No. 3 man in the al-Qaeda network and may know the whereabouts of bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri -- al-Qaeda's No. 2 man.

Capturing him has become a top priority of intelligence agencies in Pakistan and the United States and General Musharraf was quoted as saying last year that security forces will finally get Abu Faraj.

::IRNA No.058 04/05/2005 18:36 --End

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