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UK academic denies terror claim

An academic accused by the US of leading one of the world’s most violent terror groups has told BBC News the allegations against him are absurd. Basheer Musa Mohammed Nafi, 50, was one of eight men indicted by US Attorney General John Ashcroft on Thursday. He is accused of being the British head of Islamic Jihad – designated a terrorist organisation in the US. It is believed responsible for more than 100 killings including suicide bombings, car bombs and drive-by shootings in and around Israel. Speaking from his home in a village near Oxford, Mr Nafi told BBC News the evidence against him had been “fabricated”. He said later he was “just an academic”. “I’m not associated with any political organisation anywhere,” he said. “I’ve been in this country since 1983. It’s absolute nonsense.” Born in Egypt, Mr Nafi, who holds an Irish passport, has lived in Britain since 1983. Full Story

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