Qaeda trainer, not Tal­iban held: Pak

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PAK­ISTAN se­cu­rity officials said on Thurs­day they had ar­rested a top mil­i­tant near the Afghan border but not a Pak­istani Tal­iban leader who col­leagues had iden­ti­fied last week as a man who once tried to blow up for­mer pres­i­dent Pervez Mushar­raf.

Se­cu­rity officials said on July 15 the mil­i­tary had cap­tured Ad­nan Rashid, who was ac­cused of try­ing to kill Mushar­raf in a 2003 bomb at­tack and who later es­caped from jail, in the South Waziris­tan re­gion near the Afghan border.

The officials hailed the ar­rest, which fol­lowed a shootout, as the first ma­jor catch since the army launched an of­fen­sive against al Qaeda-linked mil­i­tants along the Afghan border last month.

The govern­ment and army did not of­fi­cially con­firm the ar­rest at the time.

Later, var­i­ous other se­cu­rity officials said it was not Rashid who had been cap­tured but an im­por­tant al Qaeda bomb­maker and trainer.

"A high-value tar­get has in­deed been ar­rested but it is not Ad­nan Rashid," one of the officials told Reuters. "There was a mix-up."

The of­fi­cial, who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied as he is not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia, de­clined to iden­tify the trainer or give de­tails about him ex­cept to say he had ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in train­ing sui­cide bombers and mak­ing bombs.

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