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Seven Al Qaeda men arrested in Pak

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 12:40 IST

Seven suspected Al Qaeda militants, including one who was reportedly involved in the 2005 bombings of the London transport system, were arrested in Bara Qadeem area of the Khyber tribal region, a media report said on Thursday.

The Dawn newspaper reported that Mehsud Scouts among the seven arrested some foreigners during a raid on the house of a local militant.

The arrested men, identified only as Bakhshi, Rustam, Khalid, Ayaz, Riaz, Nisar and Zahir, were taken to Peshawar for interrogation.

Citing agencies, the report said: "The arrested men were Al Qaeda militants believed to have planned attacks on trucks taking supplies to US-led forces in Afghanistan."

A senior official said the arrested militants included a senior Al Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London. He identified the man as Zabi ul Taifi, an Arab.

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