Man held for SWC terror plot

2010-05-17 15:30

Baghdad - A Saudi army officer was arrested in Iraq on Monday for past attacks and for involvement in an alleged al-Qaeda plot targeting World Cup events in South Africa, an Iraqi military spokesperson said.

Saudi Colonel Azzam al-Qahtani, also known as Sanan al-Saudi, entered Iraq in 2004 and is believed to have been involved in attacks on religious sites in Karbala and Najaf, Iraqi General Qassem Atta said.

He is accused of co-operating with Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's second in command, in planning attacks on the World Cup events in South Africa, which begins in June.