Mumbai attacks suspect arrested

Zimbabwe police stop two Pakistanis trying to cross S.Africa border.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 26, 2010 18:00
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Two Pakistani men were arrested Saturday in Zimbabwe after trying to illegally cross the border into South Africa with fake passports, police said. One of the men is alleged to have been involved in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

The men were picked up in the southern border town of Beitbridge on June 20, where they were alleged to have been trying to use fake passports to enter South Africa.

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Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported that suspect Imran Muhammad, 33, was wanted in Pakistan for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead. The second man was identified as Chaudry Parvez Ahmed.

Zimbabwean police said they have contacted Pakistan's security agencies and Interpol for information. Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena declined to give further information on the arrests.

"We are talking to Interpol and we are waiting for some information from the Pakistani security agencies," he said.

South African Police spokesman Vish Naidoo told The Associated Press that authorities did not suspect the two men of terrorism or of plotting threats to the World Cup.

"At this stage there's nothing to suggest anything else other than that they are illegal immigrants or suspected to be illegal immigrants," he said.

Naidoo said South African authorities had been informed through a regional security forum set up for the World Cup.


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