Johannesburg: A Pakistani national suspected to be linked to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was nabbed in Zimbabwe while attempting to enter South Africa, raising fears that terror groups could be trying to target the FIFA World Cup underway here.
Imran Mohammad, 33, and compatriot Chaudhry Pevez
Ahmed, 39, were intercepted at the Beitbridge Border Post
between Zimbabwe and South Africa by alert immigration
officers last Sunday after they were found to be travelling on
"Indications were that... Mohammad is wanted in
Pakistan, as he was allegedly involved in the terror attacks
that rocked Mumbai, India, in November 2008," the state-run
Zimbabwean newspaper Herald reported.
The paper reported that Mohammad and Ahmed flew from
Saudi Arabia to Tanzania, where they fraudulently acquired
Kenyan passports before connecting to Zimbabwe by road.
The paper quoting a police spokesman said
investigations were continuing.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant
Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said the two were assisting
police with investigation.
"They are in Harare and in custody as investigations
on the case continue," he was quoted as saying by news portal
Assistant regional immigration officer Evans Siziba
added: "It`s an issue that is before the police. Maybe when
they are through we will be at liberty to comment."
Police and Immigration officials did not comment on if
an international arrest warrant had been issued against the
With the purpose of the duo`s visit to the country
unclear, the arrest raised concerns over the possibility of
terror groups targeting the World Cup, but South African and
Zimbabwean police assured visitors of all efforts to maintain
The 2010 FIFA World Cup, which started on June 11 will
end on July 11.
Zimbabwe and South Africa are operating a joint
command post at Beitbridge for the duration of the tournament.