While Musharraf assures us that Al-Qaeda has been neutralized in Pakistan. Does even he believe what he says? How long will Pakistan, an international center of jihad, continue to enjoy the perks of being a US ally? From AP, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) — Police said Monday they were searching for five Pakistani men in their widening investigation into Egypt’s deadliest terror attack, which killed scores of people, including an American, at this Red Sea resort.
Egypt sacked its two security chiefs for the Sinai peninsula after the Saturday bombings in their region. The Health Ministry said 64 people were killed but local hospitals put the toll at 88, saying the ministry count does not include sets of body parts….
Police at checkpoints around this resort also were circulating photographs of five Pakistanis who apparently were among a group of nine Pakistanis who arrived in Sharm el-Sheik from Cairo on July 5, according to two investigators who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the probe’s sensitivity.
The five were identified as Mohammed Anwar, 30; Rashid Ali, 26; Mohammed Aref, 26; Musaddeq Hussein, 18; and Mohammed Akhtar, 30. The pictures, which gave the men’s names and passport numbers, also were on posters put up in Cairo, apparently out of concern they were in the capital either before or since the attacks.
If any involvement of Pakistanis is confirmed, it would suggest that those behind Saturday’s bombings belong to a much wider terror network than previously believed.