Pakistan: Al-Qaeda leader escaped arrest, claims militant
Cairo, 1 Oct. (AKI) – Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri narrowly escaped arrest by the Pakistani military, according to an Islamist militant leader.
Naji Ibrahim, leader of the Islamist militant organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah made the claim in an interview with Egyptian daily al-Misriun.
The Pakistani military had reportedly located al-Zawahiri’s hiding place in the lawless tribal areas controlled by the Pakistani Taliban, also thought to be a haven for Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden.
The US State Department has offered a 25 million dollar reward for the Egyptian-born doctor, who has delivered numerous audio and video messages urging militants to continue the fight against the United States.
This guy might have 9 lives, but I think he’s on number 7 or 8 now. Man, what an October Surprise that woulda been! Not only the PR, but the intel that could be gathered by grabbing the guy who knows ALL of the ins and outs of Al Queda. You’ll know when they’ve got him because there will be a long list of AQ guys nabbed up all around the world, then a few days later reports of the ISI (under new leadership now btw) having killed him. I don’t see fair trial in this guy’s future if he’s caught by the Afghans or the Pakistanis.