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Important French al-Qaida leader arrested on Pakistan-Iran border


Pakistan arrested an “important” French al-Qaida leader on the Pakistan-Iran border, a Pakistani intelligence official told NBC News on Wednesday, amid criticism from the United States that the country is not doing enough to fight militancy.

The official told NBC that Naamen Meziche, a French national of Algerian origin, was a “most-wanted” figure in the terrorist network.

Meziche is believed to have links with militant groups in Europe and Reuters cited media reports as saying he may have played a role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“At this moment, he is in custody of ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence agency) and is being interrogated,” the Pakistani official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told NBC.
»Pakistan official: ‘Important’ French al-Qaida leader arrested on Iran border

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