Two suspected French terrorists arrested in Pakistan

April 15, 2011 00:20


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ISLAMABAD - Authorities in Pakistan have arrested two French nationals of Pakistani origin for suspected links to al Qaida-linked Islamist terrosists, local intelligence officials said on Thursday.

The two men identified as Sharaf Din and Zohaib Afzal were arrested in the eastern city of Lahore about two months ago and were still in Pakistani custody, the officials said.

"They had planned to go to Waziristan for terror training and have links with the Pakistani Taliban," one intelligence official said, referring to the lawless Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border.

Another intelligence official confirmed the arrest of the Frenchmen and said they were picked up from Lahore's international airport and during investigation revealed their plans to travel to Waziristan for training.

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