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Cleric Who Fought for Taliban Is Arrested

November 19, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A hard-line cleric who went to Afghanistan along with thousands of tribesmen to fight the United States was arrested with 30 companions as they returned home to Pakistan, police said.

Maulana Sufi Mohammed led more than 10,000 armed tribesmen to Afghanistan last month to help the Taliban regime. However, more than half his followers fled to Pakistan after the rapid collapse of the Taliban militia.

On Sunday, Mohammed and some followers slipped into the remote border region of Parachinar, about 150 miles north of Peshawar, but were arrested as paramilitary troops spotted their convoy, police said. They face charges of possession of illegal weapons, police said.

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