Key Pak militant arrested

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 20.05.04
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Karachi, May 19 (Reuters): Pakistani police today arrested a key Islamic militant wanted for a failed assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf in 2002, police said.

Kamran Atif, 28, was arrested after a shootout with police in Karachi in which he was critically wounded, senior superintendent of police Sultan Khawaja said. A 50-year-old woman passer-by was killed in the gun battle, which started when the police raided a house where at least two militants were hiding.

Atif, a member of the shadowy Harkat-ul Mujahideen al-Alami group, is wanted in several other high-profile terrorism cases. An unidentified man with him managed to flee, police said.

In early 2002, militants from the al-Alami group parked a van laden with explosives on a road which Musharraf’s motorcade was due to take, but the charge failed to detonate.

Investigators say the same van was later used in a suicide attack at the US consulate in Karachi in June 2002 that killed 12 Pakistanis. Al-Alami is a dissident faction of Harkat-ul Mujahideen.