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Pakistan arrests senior Al-Qaeda leader for external operations

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Rawalpindi, Sept. 05 ,IRNA -- Pakistan army said Monday that it has arrested a senior Al Qaeda leader, Younis Al Mauritani, who was mainly responsible for planning and conduct of international operations.

Al Mauritani was nabbed along with two other senior Al Qaeda operatives, Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama ) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino) from suburbs of the southwestern citry of Quetta, an army statement said.

Al Mauritani was tasked personally by Osama Bin Ladan to focus on hitting targets of economic importance in the United States of America, Europe and Australia.

He was planning to target United States economic interests including gas/oil pipelines, power generating dams and strike ships/oil tankers through explosive laden speed boats in International waters.

Trough this critical arrest yet another fatal blow has been delivered to Al Qaeda, the statement said.

This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United State Intelligence Agencies with whom Inter Services Intelligence has a strong, historic intelligence relationship. Both Pakistan and United States Intelligence agencies continue to work closely together to enhance security of their respective nations.

The intimate cooperation between Pakistan and United States Intelligence agencies has resulted in prevention of a number of high profile terrorist acts not only inside Pakistan/United States but elsewhere in world.

The operation was an intelligence driven operation by Inter Services Intelligence in coordination with Frontier Corps Balochistan, the army said.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30550236



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