Pakistan gang war chief arrested in Dubai

KARACHI, Pakistan – One of Pakistan's most wanted gang leaders has been arrested by Interpol while trying to leave Dubai, local media reported. 

Uzair Baloch, who is wanted in over 100 cases of murder, drug trafficking, attempted murder, arson and other crimes, had a bounty of 10 million Pakistani rupees ($100,000) placed on him by the Pakistani government.

Baloch was trying to board a plane to Oman's capital, Muscat, when he was taken into custody by the Interpol, local Pakistani channel Geo TV reported, quoting unnamed officials of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), who contacted the Interpol authorities for handing over of Baloch.

Hailing from the southern Lyari town of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and commercial capital, Baloch’s cartel had been locked in intense gun battles with a rival gang for taking control of the drugs and illegal weapons business for the last decade. Hundreds of people from both sides have been killed, and hundreds more injured in clashes.

Baloch took control of the gang after the former leader, his uncle Rehman Baloch, was killed in 2009. Local media claimed at the time that Rehman had been taken into custody by police, who then killed him and staged a fake clash to hide it.

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