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Al Qaeda bluffing about having suitcase nukes, experts say

Russians claim terrorists couldn’t have bought them. Ayman al-Zawahri, al Qaeda’s No. 2 man, has bragged that the terrorist group bought suitcase nuclear bombs from former Soviet nuclear scientists in Moscow and Central Asia, but experts on Russia’s nuclear program dismiss the statements, saying Osama bin Laden’s deputy is bluffing. Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who is writing bin Laden’s biography, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. last week that al-Zawahri made the boast during a 2001 interview when he was asked whether the terror network really had nuclear weapons. Al-Zawahri, the Egyptian doctor believed to be a mastermind of the Sept. 11, attacks, laughed and said: “If you have $30 million, go to the black market in central Asia, contact any disgruntled Soviet scientist and a lot of . .. dozens of smart briefcase bombs are available,” Mir reported. “They have contacted us, we sent our people to Moscow, to Tashkent (the capital of Uzbekistan), to other Central Asian states, and they negotiated, and we purchased some suitcase bombs.” Full Story

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