Madrid: Spanish police have arrested a
Pakistani man they say is linked to a cell that forged
passports for al Qaeda-linked groups, including
Police had been looking for the suspect since seven
members of the cell were arrested in Spain in December and
three more in Thailand, Interior Ministry said today in a
statement. It named the suspect as 30-year-old Malik Imtanan
Sarwar and said he was picked yesterday in Barcelona.
The statement said he worked with other group members
to send stolen passports to Thailand to be doctored and later
distributed to groups linked to al Qaeda, mainly
Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terror group blamed for the
2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
The ministry said the group also supplied forged
documents to Tamil Tiger rebels who were crushed in 2009 by
Sri Lankan troops after a quarter-century war for an
The seven people arrested in December were six
Pakistanis and one Nigerian. The ministry said they stole
passports, mostly from tourists around Barcelona.
The ministry said the forged passports allowed members
of terror groups to enter European and other countries.