ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was arrested Saturday in Pakistan, both senior Pakistani officials and U.S. intelligence sources have confirmed.
Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Mohammed was one of three men arrested in a 3 a.m. raid in Rawalpindi, a city near Islamabad.
Mohammed will be extradited to the United States, Pakistan's Information Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad told Reuters news service after his arrest.
A U.S. official said both U.S. and Pakistani agents were involved in the operation. However, senior Pakistani officials told Fox News that U.S. officials were not directly involved in the arrests themselves.
Information for the arrests came from raids conducted in Pakistan over the last few weeks.
Mohammed, 37, is one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, and the U.S. government had offered up to $25 million for information leading to his capture.
U.S. officials have described him as a key Al Qaeda operative and the organizer of the terror plot that sent hijacked passenger jets crashing into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing more than 3,000 people.
Mohammed, a Kuwait-born Pakistani national, has been linked to last April's bombing of a synagogue in Tunisia. At least 19 tourists, mostly Germans, were killed.
He has also been charged in connection with plots in the Philippines to bomb trans-Pacific airliners and crash a plane into CIA headquarters. Those were broken up in 1995.
Mohammed is the uncle of convicted 1993 World Trade Center conspirator Ramzi Yousef.
Mohammed's older brother also is a member of Usama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terror network and another brother died in Pakistan when a bomb he was making exploded.
Another man of Middle Eastern origin was arrested in Saturday's raid but has not been identified. The third man was a Pakistani, identified as Abdul Qadoos.
Interior Ministry spokesman Iftikar Ahmad said Qadoos was linked to a terrorist organization but refused to identify it. He added that Qadoos had trained in Afghanistan.
A Pakistani religious group said Qadoos has no links to Al Qaeda or any other terrorist group. Qadoos is a member of the group, Jamaat-e-Islami.
At a news conference in Rawalpindi Saturday, two local leaders of the group said the FBI conducted the raid and carried out the arrest.
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has said a small number of FBI agents are in Pakistan but only to provide intelligence on Al Qaeda or Taliban fugitives from neighboring Afghanistan.
However, Pakistani police and intelligence officials say FBI agents have been involved in nearly every important terror arrest in Pakistan.
The Pakistani government says it has handed over more than 420 Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects to U.S. custody.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
March 1, 2003, 04:36 PM
This can't be true! According to the lefties, we are ignoring al Qaeda in our pursuit of Saddam. Janine Garrafalo couldn't be wrong.
March 1, 2003, 05:04 PM
I hope they make him sing like a canary.
Afterwards, it's BLT! BLT! BLT!
Leather bound books for entertainment - pigskin leather that is. Excercise will be with a pigskin football.
March 1, 2003, 05:08 PM
I hope they make him sing like a canary.
I'm with ya', Gary..
He is probably on his way to Jordan or Egypt for a little "friendly" torture.. :D :D
March 1, 2003, 05:36 PM
Note that we (the U.S.) educated the scum. And a Kuwaity to boot. Thats gratitude for you. They are really going to grill this guy.
That's probably why he hates the US so much...took a few sociology courses :D
March 1, 2003, 05:40 PM
I've always thought the best outcome for him and/or Osama would be to hear that a Special Forces operator could report that these guys were greased inside of a cave, sparing us the the drama and expense that will ensue from a trial.
You've gotta believe that right now, the line of attorneys is forming to defend this scumbag (can you say Johnnie Cochran? :barf: ). Be prepared to hear all the posturing and moralizing about "everyone deserving a day in court...we are a nation of laws...due process", ad nauseum.
Bringing this guy to the states might make Geraldo want to have his old show back. Once more, with feeling: :barf: geegee
March 1, 2003, 06:43 PM
That's probably why he hates the US so much...took a few sociology courses Either that or an "Ethnic Studies" course with drjones' "professor". :rolleyes: :cuss: :barf: :fire:
March 1, 2003, 06:51 PM
When we get our hands on this guy and he is convicted, how about ...
chaining him inside an old building and then burning it down around him - when it collapses he can know how the folks in the WTC felt.
March 1, 2003, 07:47 PM
Somebody's getting his privates hooked up to a car battery right now.;)
March 1, 2003, 07:59 PM
Somebody's getting his privates hooked up to a car battery right now.
LMAO!! Good one ,CZ-75!!:D
March 1, 2003, 08:14 PM
I sincerely hope the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals isn't allowed within 1,000 miles of his case!
March 1, 2003, 09:14 PM
Let me show him the joys of a Black & Decker 1/2" drill when applied to the various and sundry parts of the human anatomy; he'll be more than happy to talk!!!!!:what:
March 1, 2003, 09:53 PM
When they do get done playing 20 questions with him, and if there's anything left to bring back to the USA he should be transported in the brig of the USS Cole.
March 1, 2003, 09:58 PM
Shooting brethren (and sistren!), we DO NOT call ourselves "The High Road" in order to discuss various torture techniques. It's not funny - the same has been done to too many of the members of our armed forces, by our enemies, to make light of it - and it's not civilized. Capture or kill our enemies, certainly: but once captured, let's treat them as we would wish our own men and women to be treated when captured.
Closing this thread to avoid further deterioration in manners...
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