al-Qaeda’s financier arrested

Pakistani police have arrested a former air force pilot who allegedly helped finance Al-Qaeda’s newly formed South Asian affiliate and high-profile terror attacks, officials said on September 16. Counterterrorism official Naveed Khawaja announced the arrest of Syed Sheaba Ahmad in the southern port city of Karachi. Khawaja described Ahmad as a businessman with two chemical companies in Karachi and Iran who financed militant groups “on a large scale.” He said the suspect made large donations to the Afghan Taliban before supporting Al-Qaeda’s South Asian affiliate. He provided financial support to militants who killed 50 members of Pakistan’s Ismaili Shi’ite minority when gunmen stormed a bus in May”.

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