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Chilean firms questioned in money laundering for Al Qaeda

Chilean police have searched the premises of 10 companies in a probe of alleged money laundering to finance the Al Qaeda terrorist network, official sources have said. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The searches, in the Iquique free trade zone in northern Chile, were carried out by some 40 officers from the capital, Santiago, 1,460 kilometres to the south. Deputy Interior Minister Jorge Correa Sutil said they were part of an investigation into “the possibility that some activity in … Iquique might be financing, but not carrying out, terrorist-related activities”. He added there was no precedent for terrorist acts in the free trade zone. In the course of the searches, police seized accounting books, bills and other documents, mostly belonging to Lebanese and Indian nationals. Full Story

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