Police arrest Pakistani man on US terror charges

Police on Wednesday arrested a Pakistani man suspected of being an Al-Qaeda operative in northeastern England after US authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.

Abid Naseer, 24, is sought by the United States on charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation, conspiring to provide material support, and conspiracy to use a destructive device.

He was arrested by British counter-terrorism police last year on suspicion of plotting mass casualty attacks in England and of being an operative of Al-Qaeda, although he was never charged.

The British government subsequently tried to deport him but while an immigration court acknowledged he was "an Al-Qaeda operative who posed and still poses a serious threat", it ruled his safety could not be guaranteed in Pakistan.

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