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Al Qaeda Suspects Held ahead of Bush Visit

Malawi said Monday it had detained five suspected al Qaeda members, just two weeks before President Bush is due to visit Africa. Malawi’s Director of Public Prosecutions Fahad Assani told Reuters U.S. security officials took part in the weekend swoop, although the U.S. embassy said its officials were not involved. The detentions are the latest attempt to uproot the shadowy group in Africa. The United States and Britain have both warned of an imminent “terrorist” attack in Kenya, in East Africa. “U.S. operatives assisted by the Malawi National Intelligence Bureau and immigration officials are holding al Qaeda suspects in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe,” Assani said, adding the five men were detained in the commercial capital Blantyre early Saturday. “The U.S. government is pressing for their immediate deportation,” Assani said. Full Story

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