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Suspected German al Qaeda operative nabbed in Pak

A suspected German al Qaeda operative, donning a woman`s burqa to evade security dragnet was nabbed by police.

Peshawar: A suspected German Al Qaeda
operative, donning a woman`s burqa to evade security dragnet
was nabbed by police as he was about to whisk away from
Pakistan`s militant heartland close to border with

The 27-year-old German national, later identified as Rami Mackenzie, was allegedly an expert in making suicide vests and
was wanted by German authorities for links with extremists. He
was clad in a burqa which covered his face at the time of the

The German was trying to make his getaway in a vehicle
alongwith a local man and his young daughter when he was
detained at a checkpoint in Bannu district, which borders
North Waziristan.

The US and NATO intelligence agencies have a list of
their nationals whom they suspect to be hiding with Al Qaeda
and taliban militants in their sanctuaries close to the Afghan

The German national was found to be travelling on a fake
Pakistani passport.

Security officials said the German national was
arrested by a joint team of local police and army personnel at
a security check post outside Bannu.

The German national and the two tribesmen were handed
over to intelligence agencies.

North Waziristan is considered a sanctuary for Al
Qaida and taliban elements, including foreign fighters, and
has been repeatedly targeted by US drones since the beginning
of this year.

There have been several instances in past years of
youths from Western nations travelling to Pakistan`s tribal
belt to join militant groups.

Some of these youths were trained to carry out
terrorist attacks once they returned home.

Foreigners are usually not allowed to visit Bannu,
Waziristan and other parts of Pakistan that border


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