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Pakistan Hopes to Make More Al Qaeda Arrests

Pakistani investigators were interrogating six members of an al Qaeda cell on Thursday and expected to glean information that would lead to the arrest of more members of the militant group, officials said. The six, including a Yemeni believed to have been involved in the attack on the U.S. warship Cole in Yemen in 2000, were arrested in a raid in Karachi on Tuesday when authorities also seized a big haul of explosives and weapons. “They are being investigated and we expect more arrests,” said a senior Pakistani official who declined to be identified. The six include Yemeni national Waleed Muhammad Bin Attash, alias Khalid Al-Attash, suspected of involvement in the October 2000 attack on the U.S. warship Cole in Yemen. A suicide bomber in a small boat attacked the Cole in Aden port, killing 17 U.S. sailors. Washington blamed the attack on al Qaeda, which has had many supporters in Yemen, bin Laden’s ancestral home. The government said in a statement more “revelations” were expected from the group. Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said Pakistani officials were in charge of the interrogation. Full Story

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