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'Hambali's brother' held in Karachi

Pakistani officials say they believe a man they arrested in Karachi is the younger brother of Asian terror suspect Hambali. The man identified as Rusman Gunawan was arrested on the weekend along with 15 Malaysian and Indonesian students suspected of terrorist activities, Pakistani interior ministry spokesman Iftikhar Ahmad said. Malaysia’s deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Pakistani government had identified the students from investigations carried out on Hambali. “They found Hambali had contacts in the country and it was through his contacts that the authorities identified the students,” he told correspondents, adding that Malaysia had appealed to send the Malaysian students home. Hambali is believed to have been the operations chief for Jemaah Islamiah (JI) – a group allegedly linked to al-Qaeda and blamed for last year’s Bali bombing and other attacks. He was arrested in Thailand in August and is currently in US custody at an undisclosed location. Full Story

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