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Pakistan Arrests Top Al Qaeda Member Al-Jaziri

Pakistani authorities said they had arrested a leading al Qaeda member, Moroccan national Yasir al-Jaziri, in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday. An intelligence source said the capture was made thanks to information received from another senior al Qaeda figure, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was arrested in the northern city of Rawalpindi two weeks ago and is now in U.S. custody. Mohammed is often portrayed as number three in al Qaeda, behind Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman Al Zawahiri, and is suspected of being a leading figure behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. “He (al-Jaziri) is less important than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed but he is quite an important person,” Secretary of the Interior Ministry Tasneem Noorani told Reuters. Noorani said al-Jaziri had been picked up in the smart Gulberg suburb of Lahore on Saturday evening. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said al-Jaziri was perhaps one level down from Mohammed in the organization. Full Story

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