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Son not linked to Al Qaeda, dad says

U.S. officials asserted Friday that a Saudi-born man from South Florida who is the focus of a global manhunt may be an important operative for terror mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. But the father of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 27, insisted that his son is not a terrorist. A senior U.S. official said authorities have been picking up important clues for months about Shukrijumah’s alleged involvement with Al Qaeda, but have drawn much stronger connections between him and Mohammed since the Al Qaeda operations chief was captured March 1 in Pakistan with a cache of evidence. The FBI on Thursday asked for help from citizens and global law-enforcement agencies in the hunt for Shukrijumah, saying he is “possibly involved with Al Qaeda terrorist activities” and could pose “a serious threat to U.S. citizens and interests worldwide.” Since authorities began interrogating Mohammed–and analyzing computer files, documents and communication devices found with him–they have been most concerned about uncovering operations Mohammed may have set in motion before his capture. A senior U.S. official said Friday that there’s “no direct evidence” so far that a Mohammed attack plan is now unfolding inside the U.S. Full Story

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