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Man in Brooklyn Bridge Plot Spurred Early F.B.I. Interest

The F.B.I. first interviewed Iyman Faris, the Ohio truck driver implicated in a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said today. But investigators did not actively focus on Mr. Faris until about a year ago, when other investigations led agents to him, the officials added. The questioning of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a top lieutenant to Osama bin Laden who was captured in March in Pakistan, provided what law officials said was critical information that linked Mr. Faris to Al Qaeda. “There was a lot of stuff we knew about him that was corroborated by K.S.M.,” a law enforcement official said, referring to Mr. Mohammed by his initials. “But this was a person who was already known by us. He was actively being investigated.” Full Story

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