Sunday, September 6, 2009

Pakistan Raids Unravel Taliban Drugs Link

Via Times of India (Aug 25, 2009) -

Pakistani authorities arrested 13 Islamist militants in separate raids that police said on Monday foiled major terrorist attacks and provided clues to how drug sales help fund the Taliban.

Police seized heroin and bomb-making material in one bust in Karachi, the country’s commercial center. A Taliban recruiter of suicide bombers was also captured in the eastern city of Sargodha, where terrorists were planning to launch strikes next week.

Police in Karachi arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi movement in a raid on Sunday in the teeming port city, police officer Fayyaz Khan said. The al-Qaida-linked movement is blamed for the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

The Karachi cell was planning attacks on government officials, police and offices of intelligence agencies, cops said. Police seized 2kg of heroin, three suicide vests and 15kg of explosives in the raid.

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