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Pakistan holds 7 al Qaeda suspects

Pakistan mounted a big border raid against al Qaeda earlier this month.
Pakistan mounted a big border raid against al Qaeda earlier this month.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani intelligence sources Monday said recent raids had netted seven suspected members of the al Qaeda terrorist network, including an Egyptian-born Canadian said to be an important member of the group.

The sources said four were arrested in Faisalabad. Two were Yemenis and one was Pakistani.

The fourth was identified as Ahmed Saad Khadar, also known as Abu Abdul Rehman, an Egyptian-born Canadian. The sources said he played a key role in the network but gave no further details.

They said Khadar was among a group of 22 al Qaeda members who came to Faisalabad after the Pakistani Army began operations in the border area.

They said Khadar had been scheduled to undergo plastic surgery.

The Pakistani man arrested was identified as Mohammad Jawaid, 32. Intelligence sources said a search of his house uncovered some compact discs, maps, a lap top computer, hand grenades and other weapons.

On Sunday in Karachi, Pakistani authorities arrested three Yemenis suspected of being al Qaeda operatives, the sources said.

They identified the three as Youswaf bin Zavi, Jawad al Bashir, and a man whose name was given only as Shaban. They said satellite phones, pistols, and foreign currency were recovered.

All seven were taken to an undisclosed location for further interrogation, the sources said.


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