posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 03:58 PM
A key Al-Qaeda agent has been arrested in Pakistan. Osama Nazir was wanted for attacks on President Pervez Musharraf and Christian targets in
Pakistan. He is the main go between Al-Qaeda and radical Muslim groups. A Pakistani official stated "He is the most important Pakistani Al-Qaeda
operative who was facilitating foreign Al-Qaeda operatives for attacks in Pakistan," The government had a 2 million rupee bounty on his head. He is a
know collaborator with Abu Faraj Farj and Abu Hamza, both of whom the U.S. Government has a Five million dollar bounty on.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani security forces have arrested a key Al-Qaeda operative wanted in connection with attacks on Christian targets and
a failed bid to kill President Pervez Musharraf, an official said.
Osama Nazir, considered an important catch, was nabbed from the industrial city of Faisalabad in central Punjab province on Tuesday, a senior security
official told AFP.
"He is the most important Pakistani Al-Qaeda operative who was facilitating foreign Al-Qaeda operatives for attacks in Pakistan," the official, who
asked not to be identified, said.
"He is a prized catch and was a main link between foreign Al-Qaeda operatives and local jihadi (Islamic militant) groups."
Nazir headed a group of 24 militants and masterminded the March 2002 attack on a Church in Islamabad's high security diplomatic enclave in which five
people including a US diplomat's wife and stepdaughter were killed.
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The U.S. and its allies in the war on terrorism have had some success hunting down Al-Qaeda. The key is to not become too task focused and let other
terrorist groups prosper in the vacuum that will ensue as the group is further degraded. I have no illusions as to how the information will be
extracted from this man. Hopefully it prevents further attacks and allows the capture of more of these criminals