Top European al Qaeda operative arrested in Pakistan
June 20th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Top European al Qaeda operative arrested in Pakistan

By Paul Cruickshank

A suspected senior European al Qaeda operative with alleged links to a plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks in Europe in 2010 has been arrested in Pakistan, a German intelligence official told CNN.

Naamen Meziche, 42, a French citizen of Algerian descent, was previously a longtime resident of Hamburg, Germany, and a friend of Mohammed Atta, lead hijacker in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

German authorities were informed by their Pakistani counterparts last week of Meziche's arrest, according to the official. FULL POST