Key LeT militant arrested with 34 Afghans
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 14:28
Islamabad: A key militant of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba and his 34 Afghan followers have been arrested by Pakistani authorities in the Nowshera area in the country's northwest, from where some wanted top Taliban commanders were captured.

LeT leader Matiullah alias Abu Tallah and his followers were arrested during a pre-dawn raid on his 'madrassa' or seminary at New Dagai village in Nowshera district yesterday, police told the media.

From the same district, Pakistani intelligence had captured some top Taliban commanders, including members of so-called 'Quetta Shura'.

LeT is blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people.

Police sealed Matiullah's illegal FM radio channel during the raid. An anti-terrorism court later remanded Matiullah to police custody for 30 days while another court fined his followers and ordered their deportation.

The 34 Afghans were taken to the Central Jail in Peshawar, from where they will be deported to Afghanistan.

Police registered a case under the Anti-Terrorism Act against Matiullah's followers. They will be handed over to Afghan authorities after completing legal formalities, police said.

Police said they took action against Matiullah after getting "credible information" about the illegal presence of foreign students in his seminary.


First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 14:28

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