American Al-Qaeda Terrorist Arrested in Pakistan Not Gadahn
Pakistani Dawn news reported yesterday that an American terrorist was captured in Pakistan:
Dawn added: “Pennsylvania-born Abu Yahya is a US citizen and assumed to be a commander of foreign militants fighting in Afghanistan against the US.”
Today Pakistani officials announced that the captured American terrorist was not most wanted Adam Gadahn.
Pakistani Dawn News reported:
Pakistani security agents denied on Monday that an American al Qaeda spokesman wanted in the United States for treason had been arrested, saying there had been confusion over the identity of a detained suspect.
Some Pakistani officials had said on Sunday that Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam with a $1 million US bounty on his head, had been arrested on the outskirts of the city of Karachi.
But a senior government official and two security agents said on Monday the suspected al Qaeda operative picked up in Karachi was not Gadahn.
“Our initial impression was that the guy was Adam Gadahn but that information now looks incorrect,” said one security official, who declined to be identified.
The arrested man was believed to be an American who goes by the alias Abu Yahya, the officials said. Gadahn is known to have used a similar alias.
“Probably the name and his origin caused the confusion,” the first official said.
He declined to speculate about the identity of the arrested man except to say he was apparently an American al Qaeda operative.
“We don’t know yet how big a catch he is,” he said.
The Pakistani Daily Times is still reporting that it was Adam Gadahn who was captured.
The Long War Journal is still undecided on who the Pakistanis are holding.