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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:53 PM
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Pakistan nabs London suspect, UK plans crackdown(Haroon Rashid Aswad )
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 02:57 PM by maddezmom
By Zeeshan Haider and Katherine Baldwin

ISLAMABAD/LONDON (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces have arrested a British Muslim believed to be linked to the London bombings, Pakistani intelligence sources said on Wednesday as Britain outlined plans to tackle radical Islamism.

A Pakistani minister officially denied that Haroon Rashid Aswad had been detained but several intelligence sources said he had been picked up earlier this week during a crackdown on militants in Pakistan that has netted more than 150 people.


Pakistan denies arresting British Muslim

Pakistani government minister denied Wednesday that police had rounded up a British Muslim man wanted in connection with the London bombings.

Pakistani police officer escorts man arrested in a sweep of 82 suspected Islamic militants, Tuesday, July 19, 2005, in Hyderabad. (AP photo)
Earlier reports had said Haroon Rashid Aswad was arrested in a sweeping crackdown on suspected militants in Pakistan.

But Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed denied police had anyone named "Haroon Rashid" in custody.

The man's name had reportedly been passed to Pakistani security officials by British investigators looking into the July 7 bombings that killed 56 and injured 700.

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