Scot 'in Pakistan terror arrest'

BBC News


Part of the Pakistan-Afghan border

Mr Mohammed was reportedly arrested near Pakistan's Afghan border


A Scottish Muslim convert has reportedly been arrested in Pakistan as a terror suspect.

Dundee-born James McLintock, who has changed his name to Yaqub Mohammed, is thought to have been picked up in Peshawar, near the Afghan border.

A Pakistani journalist said he was being investigated over links to an alleged terror plot in northern England which was uncovered on Thursday.

The Foreign Office said it was investigating reports of his arrest.

Mr Mohammed, who is in his mid-40s, was arrested in 2001 in Pakistan on suspicion of having links with the Taleban and al-Qaeda.

He was interviewed by British intelligence agents and released without charge when it emerged he was working for a charity.

'Sent back'

In 2003, the father-of-four was also arrested in Manchester when travelling to Scotland for a visit, and was again freed without charge.

Talat Hussein, head of news at AAJ TV in Pakistan, told the BBC: "The gentleman has been brought from Peshawar to the capital city, Islamabad, and is being investigated for possible links to the alleged terror plot that was unearthed in the UK a couple of days ago.

"He was arrested a couple of years ago and sent back to the UK.

"Again, somehow, he has got into Pakistan."

Mr Mohammed, originally a Roman Catholic, converted to Islam in the 1980s.

His parents still live in the Tayside area.

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