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Pakistan Continues al-Qaida Hunt

U.S. authorities questioned suspected Sept. 11 attack mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed on Monday, seeking information about safe houses and hideouts used by the al-Qaida terror network, a Pakistani intelligence official said. Mohammed was captured in a house in Rawalpindi as he slept early Saturday, culminating a longtime manhunt for the No. 3 man in Osama bin Laden’s network. Pakistani Ahmed Abdul Qadus and an unidentified Somali man were also detained. Officials described a feverish final hunt for Mohammed after narrowly missing his capture in the rambling frontier city of Quetta last month. With help from the CIA on interrogations and intercepted messages, police ended the hunt with Saturday’s blistering raid in Rawalpindi, outside the capital Islamabad. There were conflicting reports of Mohammed’s whereabouts. Senior Pakistani officials have told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Mohammed has been whisked out of the country and is in U.S. custody. Publicly, however, the government denies it has turned him over. Pakistani investigators are asking him “why was he in Pakistan, what he was doing here and what were his linkages,” Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayyat told reporters Monday. Full Story

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