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Pakistan Arrests 100 Suspects in Al Qaeda Attack

by Rosalie / March 20, 2004 2:31 AM PST

All that hype. I'm disappointed

WANA, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani forces have captured about 100 fighters -- possibly members of al Qaeda -- in a fierce battle in the country's mountainous border region, military officials said.

However, a Pakistani brigade commander has cast doubt on whether al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was being protected by fighters, as Pakistani officials suggested earlier.

The commander said it is possible the No. 2 al Qaeda leader is there, but fighters might instead be battling to protect a local criminal or gangster, who possibly escaped.


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