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Man Caught With bin Laden Aide Is Held

A court ordered a Pakistani man arrested March 1 with suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to remain in police custody for at least three days while police continue to interrogate him, court officials said Saturday. The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, near Pakistan’s capital, ruled police could continue to hold the suspect, Ahmed Abdul Qadus, until at least March 11. At that time, the court will rule again and is likely to approve his continued detention. Qadus, a member of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaat-e-Islami religious party, was captured at his home in a raid by Pakistani intelligence and CIA agents. Also captured were Mohammed, believed to be al-Qaida’s No. 3 man, and a third terror suspect. Mohammed has been handed over to U.S. custody and flown out of the country. Qadus’ family members say that the two al-Qaida men were never in their home. Police investigator Mohammed Afzal made no mention of Mohammed when making his argument against Qadus, but said the suspect had a history of sheltering extremists and was found with weapons. “During his arrest, police also recovered three hand grenades and a pistol from the house of Ahmed Abdul Qadus,” Afzal said. Afzal said Qadus had previously sheltered a man who killed Iranian military cadets in Pakistan in 2001. Full Story

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