Reports in Kuwait City on Friday said a man assumed to be Al-Qaeda number 3 Abu Musab Zarqawi has been captured in Iraq, Xinhua reports.
Jordanian militant Zarqawi, whose Tawhid and Jihad groups have claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in Iraq, was captured during a joint operation by coalition forces and Iraqi police, the reports said on Friday.
The newspaper quoted a senior Iraqi police official as saying that the US and Iraqi investigators are trying to identify the captive, who was seized at the border of Iraq and Syria, and has sent his DNA sample for testing.
Zarqawi is the most wanted suspect in Iraq and has a US bounty of $25 million on his head.
The captive said his group operates mainly in western Iraq and a few militants are scattered around Baghdad and southern Iraq. He also revealed the hideouts of some members and the way they communicated amongst themselves.
Zarqawi’s group has claimed responsibility for a number of bloody attacks and beheadings of foreigners, including US businessman Nicholas Berg, South Korean translator Kim Sun-il and Bulgarian truck driver Georgi Lazov.
The captive, dressed in a white shirt and jeans, offered no resistance when he realised his hideout was besieged, according to Iraqi police.
A week ago, Kuwaiti media reported that coalition forces and Iraqi police had rounded up Zarqawi and a handful of his followers in a certain Iraqi area bordering Syria.
NOTE: File it under the “rumor” category until more information is released