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Pakistan interrogates Al-Qaeda suspect

Pakistani authorities say they are interrogating Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – the suspected planner of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States. The 37-year-old Kuwaiti was arrested with two other people in a joint Pakistani-CIA operation near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Saturday. His current whereabouts remain unknown. Earlier reports that he had been handed over to US authorities and taken out of the country have been denied by Pakistan’s interior minister. Faisal Saleh Hayat told BBC News Online that Sheikh Mohammed was in Pakistani custody, being interrogated about his activities in the country. Asked about whether he would be handed over to the United States, Mr Hayat said his government would first approach Sheikh Mohammed’s country of origin, before deciding what to do next. Washington has described him as one of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s “most senior and significant lieutenants”. His capture prompted joy in the US Government. “That’s fantastic!” was President George W Bush’s reported reaction to the news. Full Story

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