Indian-origin al Qaeda top operative arrested in Saudi Arabia

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Indian-origin al Qaeda top operative arrested in Saudi Arabia

Indian security agencies have learnt that Dr Sabeel Ahmed, allegedly a top terror operative has been detained in Saudi Arabia. Ahmed was known for his role in recruiting Indian youth for Pakistan -based groups including al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Lashkar e Taiba (LeT).
Sources said discreet verification is currently being conducted with Saudi authorities to confirm his identity and bring him back. Ahmed was chargesheeted in June by Delhi police's Special Cell for his role as an AQIS member.
A former Bangalore resident, Ahmed's elder brother Kafeel had earlier carried out a suicide attack at UK's Glasgow airport on June 29, 2007, in which he died.

Sabeel was later deported to India by the UK and had shifted to Saudi Arabia. There is a lookout circular pending against Ahmed, who is also wanted by the NIA in a terror recruitment case.


According to sources, the arrest came soon after a lookout circular was issued across airports in India. Sources said that the Indian authorities are currently verifying the reports and are communicating with the Saudi intelligence. The Indian authorities have sought vital details about the identity of Ahmed to match it with the available database.
Sources even confirmed that once Ahmed's identity is confirmed the Indian government will seek his deportation. Police sources revealed that a non-bailable warrant against Ahmed is still pending.
Saudi Arabia has been instrumental in deporting several terror suspects to India in the past after confirming their identities.

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