'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
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