'Important' Al-Qaeda leader captured near Iran border
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||20 June 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 'Important' Al-Qaeda leader captured near Iran border, 20 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fe46ff31e.html [accessed 11 December 2013]|
June 20, 2012
Pakistani security officials say they have arrested a suspected French militant of Algerian origin, whom they claim is an "important" Al-Qaeda leader.
The officials said on June 20 that Naamen Meziche was captured in a raid close to the border with Iran, which would put the capture in Balochistan Province.
No further details about the arrest have been given.
Officials describe Meziche as an Al-Qaeda operative who has links to European-based militant groups believed to have been sheltering in either Pakistan or Iran.
Media reports say Meziche is believed to have worked closely with another Al-Qaeda leader, Younis al-Mauritani, who was captured by Pakistani authorities in September 2011.
That arrest also took place in Balochistan, which borders Iran.
Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters