Key al-Qaeda operative arrested in Karachi

Key al-Qaeda operative arrested in Karachi

Key al-Qaeda operative arrested in Karachi

Well-placed sources in the government and the police said US national Abu Yayha Azam, who is also known as Adam Gadahn, along with another terrorist was arrested two days ago from a house located close to Sohrab Goth on the Super highway, confirming fears that the Taliban and al-Qaeda are using the city as a safe base.

According to the sources, key catch Azam acted as a spokesman for Laden and the al-Qaeda for many years. The two have now been shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation.

Azam was wanted by the FBI since 2004 and two years later he was charged with treason. There was a USD 1 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.

"He (Azam) is a key al-Qaeda operative who encouraged militants to wage terrorism against the US and other western countries with his messages on the internet," a source said.

The most recent of his posting was praising of a US Army major who was charged with killing 13 people in Texas.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Pakistan's intelligence agencies have made such arrests here.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's No 2 leader and top military commander, besides Mullah Abdul Kabir, the top Taliban commander in eastern Afghanistan, were earlier arrested here.