Belgian al Qaeda recruiter killed in Pakistan: report

French crime scene investigating police place bags of evidence inside a car parked outside the five-storey apartment building where earlier special forces police staged the assault on the gunman Mohamed Merah, in Toulouse, March 22, 2012. — Reuters(File Photo)—Reuters Photo

ISLAMABAD: A Belgian-Tunisian al Qaeda recruiter who allegedly mentored an extremist who shot dead seven people in France this year has been killed in Pakistan, according to the US monitoring service SITE.

SITE said a post on an extremist web forum on Monday announced the death of Moez Garsalloui, who had claimed responsibility for one of the attacks carried out by Mohamed Merah in the southern French city of Toulouse in March.

Garsalloui was a jihadist recruiter and propagandist formerly based in Belgium and Switzerland, SITE said, who remained focused on signing up militants to attack targets in Europe even after moving to the battlefields and training camps of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The post announcing Garsalloui’s death said he was killed in a “raid”, SITE said without elaborating, having previously escaped bombings in Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan district of Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas.

No details of the raid were given but the jihadi website announcement appeared a few days after two US drone strikes in North Waziristan killed 23 people, according to Pakistani security sources.

The death notice named Garsalloui as the leader of “Jund al-Khilafah”, or Army of the Caliph, a militant unit that claimed responsibility for Merah’s attack outside a Jewish school on March 19.

A forum post from one of Garsalloui’s accounts in April described meeting Merah in Pakistan and mentoring him, SITE said, helping him as he struggled to make himself understood to other fighters in Arabic.

Garasalloui and his wife, Belgian-Moroccan Malika el Aroud, were convicted by a Swiss court in June 2007 for running websites that supported terrorism.

He was jailed for three weeks and then moved to Belgium, where he and his wife were accused of recruiting jihadists to fight in Afghanistan.

He left Europe in late 2007 and was later identified as a link between al Qaeda leaders and a Belgian network that was disrupted by raids in December 2008, accused of planning an imminent attack.

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Oct 17, 2012 12:51pm
It is a very good question... what is the answer? Are we being so myopic? Do we have a visionary leadership, how we winded up in this state of affair, why lost people die in jungle, because of shame, my dear it is the past that pave ways for our future....
Oct 18, 2012 01:34am
How many more Al-Qaieda terrorists do we have in Pakistan?
Secular Pakistan
Oct 17, 2012 01:02pm
Pakistan has become the home to the most violent people on earth. The worst offenses are committed in Pakistan and yet the feudals, military and the mullahs refuse to act on behalf of the victims.
muzammil ullah khan
Oct 17, 2012 11:56am
it is amazing how these arab jihadis are running the show in FATA. why cant these guys go to their own countries.
Oct 17, 2012 11:06am
A well known terrorist is found in Pakistan recruiting killers...what a surprise?...who says the drones are not helping to stop terrorism?...clearly they are doing more to eliminate this threat to Pakistan and other countries than anyone else as been able to do...
A Shah
Oct 17, 2012 10:55am
Why does every terrorist in the world have links to Pakistan?
Oct 17, 2012 03:40pm
Another Indian on a Pakistani newspaper bashing Pakistan, all too common an occurrence, nothing better to do?
Oct 17, 2012 11:26pm
Because this is the only country they are offerred sanctuary and enjoy the hospitality of their hosts
Deepen C
Oct 17, 2012 09:57am
So shocking to have found him in Pakistan, such a clean country!
Oct 17, 2012 04:06pm
How did he get in Pakistan? WHy every international terrorist has links to Pakistan