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Pakistani held on terrorism charges:

Pakistani held on terrorism charges:

Publication: Dawn, Karachi
Date: November 22, 2001

Lima, Nov 21: Peru said on Tuesday it had arrested a Pakistani man on "terrorism" charges after coordination with US and European intelligence agencies and Interpol.

Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi said the 24-year-old man was arrested at the weekend in southern Peru and was being brought to Lima for investigation. He gave no details of his alleged crime. Officials could not supply his name.

Rospigliosi said Peruvian police also detained two other Pakistanis who "are being investigated on the grounds of apparently being illegal in Peru." He gave no further details.

"Through coordination and the work of the (anti-terrorism police), we detected these people in Tacna," Rospigliosi told a news conference. Tacna is some 1,300 km south of Lima, near the Chilean border.

"The terrorist suspect is being brought to the capital," he added. Under Peruvian law, police can hold a terrorism suspect for 15 days pending investigation.

The arrests come after three people of Arab origin, one with an Argentine passport who Peru says tried to enter the United States days before the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, were detained at the end of September on terrorism charges.

In the wake of the September attacks, in which some 4,600 people died, the United States launched a bombing campaign against Afghanistan to root out Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden, the man blamed by Washington for the attacks.-Reuters

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