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Pakistani agents wearing burqas seized al-Qaeda suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi by ambushing his motorbike in a rural town, police told the BBC.
The man alleged to be a top al-Qaeda organiser was riding pillion and managed to run into a house where agents flushed him out with tear gas.
He has been held at an undisclosed location since his capture at Mardan, 60km (37 miles) from Peshawar.
Pakistani officials have ruled out his immediate extradition to the US.
They said he would not be handed over before being exhaustively questioned by local authorities.
News.com.au: Al-Qaeda bid to kill Musharraf 'foiled'
PAKISTANI intelligence agents have foiled a new plot by al-Qaeda militants to assassinate President Pervez Musharraf, security officials told AFP tonight.
Seven conspirators were arrested in a number of raids in central Punjab province in late April, one week before the capture of alleged al-Qaeda number three Abu Faraj al-Libbi in a northwestern region, they said.
"First we smashed the gang plotting a new attack on Musharraf and then a week later we netted two Arabs including al-Libbi," a top intelligence official said.
Al-Libbi's Notebook Believed to Contain Valuable Contact Information, Source Says
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2005 — U.S. officials are working feverishly to decipher numbers and apparent codes in a notebook retrieved from suspected al Qaeda leader Abu Faraj al-Libbi, ABC News has learned.
Al-Libbi — believed to be third in command of al Qaeda leader after Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri — was arrested by Pakistani authorities on Monday.
He is suspected of leading two failed assassination attempts on the life of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
Sources said officials believe al-Libbi's seized notebook contains "hot" contact information. They said officials are hopeful the notebook contains useful information because al-Libbi was stunned when he was captured.
One senior official described al-Libbi as "shocked" and enraged.
"He thought he was invincible," the source said. "He was caught with his pants down. This was not the time and place of his choosing."
Al-Libbi was trying to destroy the notebook when he was apprehended, multiple sources said.
ISLAMABAD: US agents and Pakistani authorities are interrogating Al Qaeda number three Abu Farraj Al Libbi after his capture earlier this week, intelligence sources said on Friday.
“US intelligence agents have been part of the operation to catch Al Libbi,” an intelligence official said. “Al Libbi is being interrogated jointly by a US and Pakistani team.”
However, Brig Javed Iqbal Cheema, head of the Interior Ministry’s Crisis Management Cell, denied US officials were sitting in on the interrogation of Al Libbi, underway at an undisclosed location in Pakistan. “Our own (intelligence) agencies are investigating him. No one else is involved in it for the time being,” Brig Cheema said.
Agents were also said to be interrogating a second key Al Qaeda figure captured alongside Al Libbi during a shootout in Mardan. His identity remains a closely guarded secret.
ABC News Online: Thousands rally against Pakistan's Al Qaeda hunt
Thousands of pro-Taliban tribesmen have rallied against Pakistan's hunt for Al Qaeda-linked militants and torched effigies of US President George W Bush, witnesses said.
About 5,000 people attended the rally, called by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party to call for an end to the "illegal military operation", they said.
"Down with the United States," shouted the protesters in Miranshah, the main town of the tribal north Waziristan region that border Afghanistan.
The rally took place just two days after Pakistan announced the capture of reputed Al Qaeda number three Abu Faraj al-Libbi.
Pakistan says its security agencies have arrested 24 alleged Islamic militants since the detention of al-Qaeda suspect Abu Faraj al-Libbi.
Interior minister Aftab Sherpao said the arrests were made countrywide but not all were linked to the Libyan.
Mr Sherpao said Mr Libbi's arrest last week was a significant breakthrough.
However, some European intelligence experts have now said Mr Libbi was not al-Qaeda's third in command as claimed but only a middle-ranking operative.
An al-Qaeda leader from Yemen was killed this week by a missile fired by an unmanned CIA Predator plane in a mountain region of Pakistan close to the border with Afghanistan, US media reported today.
Haitham al-Yemeni had been under surveillance by the US Central Intelligence Agency as it sought information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, ABC and NBC televisions said.
After the recent capture of Abu Faraj al-Libbi in Pakistan, al-Yemeni was considered al-Qaeda's number three leader, the report said.
NBC said the killing of al-Yemeni was thought to be linked to the capture of al-Libbi, but gave no details.
According to ABC, the United States acted because officials believed the Yemen militant was about to go into hiding.
The CIA would neither confirm nor deny the report.