Mumbai terror suspects forge Kenyan passports

June 26, 2010 12:00 am

, HARARE, Jun 26 – A Pakistani suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks has been arrested in Zimbabwe as he tried to cross into South Africa, using a fake Kenyan passport.

33 year old Imran Muhammad was arrested at the Beitbridge border post along with another Pakistani national, according to the state-run Herald newspaper which says Muhammad is wanted for the Mumbai attacks.

"Indications were that… Muhammad (is) wanted in Pakistan (as he) was allegedly involved in the terror attacks that rocked Mumbai, India in November 2008," the daily said.

Zimbabwean police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena says the two were arrested last Sunday after they found using fake Kenyan passports.

"Investigations are still being carried out through Interpol to see who these people are," he told AFP.

"We will have to get information from the Pakistani authorities to see what they have on these two."

According to unnamed sources quoted by the Herald, Muhammad was normally based in the Chilean capital Santiago.

The newspaper says Muhammad and 39-year-old Chaudry Parvez Ahmed flew from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania, before connecting to Zimbabwe by road.

Bvudzijena would not comment on why the two were travelling to South Africa.

"This is part of our investigations. We will only be able to know why they wanted to travel to South Africa once our investigations are completed," he said.

Zimbabwean and South African officials have tightened border patrols since the start of the World Cup which started on June 11 and ends on July 11.


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