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French al-Qaeda operative arrested in Pak

A top French al-Qaeda operative has been arrested by Pakistani security agencies along the country's border with Iran.

world Updated: Jun 20, 2012 13:06 IST

A top French al-Qaeda operative has been arrested by Pakistani security agencies along the country's border with Iran.

Naamen Maziche, who is of French origin, was described by the state-run media as a "prominent operative of Al Qaeda responsible for external operations" and was on a list of "most wanted persons".

Reports said he was arrested by law enforcing agencies during an operation on the Pakistan-Iran border. They did not say when he was arrested.

Maziche was reported to be a close associate of al-Qaeda leader Younis al-Mauritani, reports said.

Some media reports described Maziche as an al-Qaeda operative with links to European jihadi groups.

Younis al-Mauritani had been appointed by Osama bin Laden as commander of operations in Africa.

Al-Mauritan and three of his associates were arrested by Pakistani security agencies in the southwestern city of Quetta last year.

After al-Mauritani's arrest, Maziche moved to Iran, the reports said.

Al-Mauritani had reportedly told interrogators that Maziche had moved to Iran with some of his associates en route to Africa.