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Pakistan Says September 11 Suspect in U.S. Custody

Pakistan said on Tuesday Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks who was captured last week, had been handed over to U.S. authorities and was in their custody “somewhere in the region.” “He has been sent out of the country this morning,” state-run Pakistan Television quoted Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed as saying. “He is somewhere in this region,” Rashidlater told Reuters. “You know where the Americans are in this region…they are in Afghanistan, they have forces massed elsewhere…try and figure it out.” U.S. officials had said on Monday Mohammed, the biggest catch so far in the war on terror launched after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, was already in their custody outside of Pakistan. But Pakistani officials said at the time he was still in Pakistan. The United States has a detention facility at Bagram Air Base, its headquarters in Afghanistan, which it has used for questioning suspects arrested in the war on terror before their transfer elsewhere. U.S. military spokesmen at Bagram declined to comment when asked if Mohammed had been brought there. “It has been long-standing policy to not give out names or nationalities of detainees,” Major Robert Hepner said. Full Story

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