Pakistan Arrests Alleged Mumbai Attacks Mastermind On Terror Charges

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Pakistani authorities have detained Hafiz Saeed, the leader of a militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The radical cleric is a designated terrorist in the US, where there’s a $10-million bounty on his head.

Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday in Pakistan’s northeastern Punjab province on charges of financing terrorism, authorities said.

The cleric is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist militant group accused of orchestrating the 2008 attacks in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

Saeed is designated a terrorist by the United Nations and the US, which has offered a $10-million (€8.9-million) reward for his capture.

His arrest comes as Prime Minister Imran Khan prepares to travel to Washington — a trip the country’s foreign minister has touted as an opportunity to foster a US relationship based on greater “cooperation.”

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