Pakistani security agencies arrest Zawahiri's close aide

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Islamabad, Sep 23 (UNI) Pakistani security agenies have arrested Al Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri's a close aide from Gujranwala and shifted him to Islamabad to investigate the Marriott Hotel suicide attack.

According to Sama'a TV channel, Mursaleen was arrested from a mosque in Gujranwala late on Sunday, where he was living under the name of Jamshed.

Mursaleen was an important leader of the banned anti-Shiite militant organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and his arrest carried a reward of Rs 5 crore.

He was also on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation's list of most wanted people, the channel added.

Mursaleen masterminded several acts of terrorism, including attacks on former president Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi and Shiite leader, Allama Hassan Turrabi in Karachi.


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