Pakistan Arrests Suspect in '05 London Attacks

Al-Qaeda commander nabbed after tip from US intelligence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2009 6:34 AM CST
King's Cross St. Pancras, one of the sites of a terrorist attack on July 7, 2005. Pakistani officials said today that they have arrested a suspect in connection with the attack.   (©Jeremy Burgin)
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(Newser) – Pakistani police have arrested an al-Qaeda suspect believed to have links to the 2005 London transit bombings, acting on a tip from the US. Zabi ul Taifi, a Saudi national, was among seven al-Qaeda suspects caught in a raid near Peshawar, reports the AP. An unmanned spy plane and three helicopters hovered over the area during the raid, while US intelligence agents watched the capture from a nearby car.

Pakistan's interior minister said the police had caught "high value targets," but declined to confirm that Taifi was linked to the 7/7 attacks, which killed 52 people when bombs exploded on three Underground trains and a bus. But another official said, "We have reasons to believe that we got the right man who had played a role in the 2005 attacks in London."