Arrested al Qaeda terrorist lived in Pakistan for a decade

Mohammed Ali Qasim had been involved in recent terror activities in Karachi.

Last Updated: May 19, 2011, 14:40 PM IST

Islamabad: A senior Al Qaeda operative had been living in the country for almost 10 years and his arrest has led to a "treasure trove" of information, a media report said.

An expert in explosives and computers, Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqub, alias Abu Sohaib al-Makki, 34, had been involved in recent terror activities in Karachi, reported Dawn on Thursday.

A senior security official said that Yemeni-origin Qasim`s arrest has yielded a "treasure trove" of information.

The exact date of his arrest is not known, but it is understood that he was held days after al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was gunned down on May 02 by US commandos who stormed his Abbottabad hideout.

Before moving to Karachi, Qasim stayed in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Peshawar and Faisalabad.

The media report said that the al Qaeda operative had been in Pakistan since June 2001.

Initial investigations have shown that he earlier operated along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border facilitating movements of al Qaeda operatives.