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'Important' Al-Qaeda Leader Captured Near Iran Border

June 20, 2012

Pakistani security officials say they have arrested a suspected French militant of Algerian origin, whom they claim is an "important" Al-Qaeda leader.

The officials said on June 20 that Naamen Meziche was captured in a raid close to the border with Iran, which would put the capture in Balochistan Province.

No further details about the arrest have been given.

Officials describe Meziche as an Al-Qaeda operative who has links to European-based militant groups believed to have been sheltering in either Pakistan or Iran.

Media reports say Meziche is believed to have worked closely with another Al-Qaeda leader, Younis al-Mauritani, who was captured by Pakistani authorities in September 2011.

That arrest also took place in Balochistan, which borders Iran.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/important-al-qaeda-leader-captured-near-iran-border/24619888.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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