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Al-Qaida Suspect Arrested in Pakistan

Pakistani and American intelligence agents arrested a suspected al-Qaida operative early Thursday on a remote stretch of highway north of Karachi, officials said. Haffan al-Hashim, a man of Middle Eastern origin, was arrested after FBI agents detected that he made a satellite call to someone in an Arab country in recent days, a Pakistani intelligence official said on condition of anonymity. He was seized while traveling from Hyderabad to Karachi, 60 miles away on the Arabian Sea. uthorities had monitored traffic out of Hyderabad after they raided the building where the call was made but failed to find al-Hashim, the official said. It wasn’t clear how significant al-Hashim was in the al-Qaida network. The official declined to give further details or say if the call was connected to bombings in Saudi Arabia that killed more than 30 people, including several Americans, earlier this week. Saudi officials have suggested al-Qaida was behind that attack. Agents who arrested al-Hashim found a satellite telephone, a laptop computer and six discs that contained information about other operatives, different intelligence officials said, also on condition of anonymity. Full Story

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